“From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied”…..
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Meditate on these two passages. That means to roll it over in your mind, again and again. After you have done so for a few moments; think about how you speak. Take this literally. Every syllable rolling off of your tongue has a real effect on your day, your week, month…your life!
These passages are from scripture, so many of you reading this may not agree or believe that the words we speak have any power, merely words. Yet, even scientific studies have proven your words determine outcomes. Our mouth speaks what our hearts believe about ourselves and life in general.
To Die For
In recovery meetings or in casual conversation with people striving for freedom from their addictions, you often hear phrases like...”AA, or Celebrate Recovery doesn’t work for me”…or I can’t get a grip on sober living, I have been using and drinking most of my life”…and this; if only I had been raised differently.”
Don’t buy in to these thoughts or speak them with your lips. When I say crap like this, or hear it coming from others, I want to puke, literally. When it is my mouth blabbering garbage like that, I can hardly believe my mouth has the audacity to speak death. I don’t say those words above. I say things much worse at times.
The problem is that when we are being negative in the mind and heart, our tongue thinks it’s duty is to verbalize the gloom. The best way to get over the junk talk is to remember passages like those above, and take a step back any time we feel blue, mull them over, and then realize we are free from living to drink, drug, or from any addiction.
Using words like; I can, or better, with God’s help I can! I am grateful, I am changing for the better daily, and you can think of more, can produce an atmosphere conducive to personal and spiritual growth. When down times hit you and me like a ton of bricks, we can step back, remind ourselves how God has brought us into clean and sober living. As a follower of Christ, those times are opportunities to remind myself of who I am in Him, where I am headed in this life and the life to come without end.
God bless and keep you all! Thanks.