I always said I didn’t have time, but this is the semester where it is really true. I am SO very happy, but also SO very tired.
“I don’t have time”, I said to my family.
“I don’t have the time,” I said to my church.
“I don’t have the time,” I said about dating.
I am a broken record.
My days consist of me moving carefully from errand to errand. Even going to the movies (!) feels like something I had to scratch off my to do list. And that, ladies and gents, is a crime.
So I started a project: instead of saying “I don’t have time”, I started saying, and thinking, that I DO have time.
And everything changed.
By changing the way I spoke about my time, I also changed the way I thought about my time. I BELIEVED with all my heart that I have enough time to do everything that I am supposed to get done that day.
It felt like my life slowed down. Rather than charging by people to make it to my appointments, I stopped to talk. I don’t rush through my time with the Lord to get to work. If I’m late to an appointment, I remind myself that nobody will die or be physically harmed by my lateness.
I calmed down.
Our language reflects how we think about everything and what we believe about ourselves. Use positive language to describe yourself and your situation. As my mom always says, “there are a lot of people who want to see you fail. Don’t join their team.” We join their team when we use negative language to describe ourselves. If I tell someone, “I’m fat”, or “I’m ugly”, or “I don’t know if I’m smart enough for xyz”, then I’ve not only shown them what I believe about myself, but I’ve given them the language to describe me to others.
In this technological age, we are each our own Public Relations teams. Of course we’re going to have moments where we feel down about ourselves. But take that to the Lord. Take that to people that you trust, if you must. Rant about it in private. Then start speaking positivity into your life.
When I use positive language to describe myself and any problems I may be going through, it is easier to get through them. My use of positive language also means that I see others positively as well. And good things happen!
So when you’re down, try saying “I’m going to get through this.” When you wake up in the morning, try saying, “I believe good things are going to happen to me today.” When you’re busy, say, “I have enough time.” When you don’t have the things you want, say, “I’m working towards making my dreams come true.”
Because when we say those things, they really do come true.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”–Proverbs 18:21, NKJV
Speak positively, Think positively,