When God created the heavens and the earth, he spoke them into existence. As our creator God, he demonstrated the power of the spoken word and our ability to create, things that do not exist with our words. “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). Being positive and optimistic isn’t just good for our health and relationships, but our words give shape to our existence.
A child derives their self-esteem and their concept of themselves, based on the words that their parents use to describe them. Positive parenting is being intentional, about finding genuine reasons to compliment children, in order to build their self confidence. Much of our self-talk can be sabotaging and extremely negative. Often the way that we feel about ourselves, determine how we speak about others.
Pause and examine your speech patterns and think about, what your conversations convey about you. We can examine a person’s speech, to make an assessment about their character. “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).
Since our words have such power, why not be intentional about what we say. Since there is life and death in our tongues, then let us speak things that do not exist as though they already are a reality. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits” (Proverbs 18:21).