Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Words I Would Say



Growing up as a child, my mother would always be sure to tell me the worst that could happen in any situation.  If I was sick, it could become life-threatening, if I strayed away, I would be lost forever,  if I made bad choices, it would destroy my life forever...for every situation, there was a terrible 'what if'!
 
Now that I am a parent, I understand that she loved me so much, she was trying to protect me from harm and to keep me from it. The worst part...I do this same thing with my boys!!!  It is like a driving force that compels me to make sure they know what 'could' happen. 
 
So much of who and what we are is passed down from generation to generation.  Although I appreciate the love my mother showed me, this is a trait I want to change for future generations.  Instead of focusing on the 'what if's" and fear, I want to speak words of faith and the good things that could happen.
 
There is great power in our words - they can bring life or death, blessing or cursing.  Realizing the habit I was in with my children of speaking of the worst 'what if's", I now choose to speak the greatest "can happens".  As a Christian family, we have God's limitless grace and power working in our lives.  His plans are greater than our plans, His ways are sure and cannot be moved. 
 
My change of heart came from the Lord as He alone can do a work of transformation in our hearts.  I heard for the first time this song "The Words I Would Say".  Here are a few of the powerful lyrics:

 Be strong in the Lord and
never give up hope.
You're gonna do great things
I already know
God's got his hand on you so
don't live life in fear
forgive and forget
but don't forget why you're here
Take your time and pray
These are the words I would say.

May we always have speech that brings life, blessing and edification.  May we keep our eyes and hearts ahead of what God can do and focus on the hope He gives instead of 'what if'.

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