This morning I woke up making a whole bunch of declarations about myself. You know, just the usual suspects….
I stuffed up.
I feel disconnected.
Today is going to suck.
I’m not good enough.
That was the banter that my inner voice was speaking over my physical being, before I even got out of bed!
Language is powerful. With it, we create. With it, God created. With it, He spoke the world into motion.
“For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command” – Psalm 33:9 (NLT)
Language has the ability to connect us and disconnect us from living whole-heartedly. It’s the glue that holds humanity together. We use it to share stories, to imitate, elaborate, to celebrate and to imagine! It’s the tool we use to describe the big moments; like when we first laid eyes on our newborn baby. It gifts us the ability to bring to life the smells, the touches and the emotions that came with that glorious moment.
We use words to curse, to hurt, and to design our future.
“By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke, and go up in smoke with it” – James 3:6
Language isn’t the only factor in this self-worth warfare. There are others worth exploring. Faith, Hope, Love and Grace are good places to start when looking for some arsenal against negativity.
This morning’s declarations came off the back of a pretty crappy week. Sometimes you just don’t have the wisdom you desire to make good choices. Sometimes you actually stuff up, but this kind of mental battling was not serving me well. I needed to come up with a new language that is current and relevant for me today.
Here are some truths that are bigger than the debilitating declarations of my inner-voice:
“I am complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power” – Colossians 2:10
“I am free from the law of sin and death” – Romans 8:2
“I have the mind of Christ” – 1 Corinthians 2:16
What I realised this morning, is that by observing my declarations and the use of my language, I could use language as a weapon… and so I did.
I am enough.
I seek the truth in all I experience.
I am worthy of connection.
Today can be brilliant.
Using language to make declarations opens up possible futures instead of shutting them down.
What possible futures are you declaring today?