Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Ephesians 5:1 (NLT)
My youngest grandson mimics just about everything we do. He will build a block tower just like Papa, do his grumpy or happy face like auntie Kristen, or he’ll imitate mommy on his pretend phone. Thankfully, he wants to mimic us at the table—tasting whatever is on our plate.
It’s so important to teach our children healthy habits, including mealtime choices. When we personally make unhealthy choices, we are giving a green light to everyone else in our world to live unwisely as well. It is equally necessary to bring positive words into our daily conversations, especially in front of children who mimic our words and behaviors.
We live in a negative world which surrounds us with negative information. This can cause us to think negatively unless we train ourselves to think and speak positive.The best way to do this is to know the Word of God and all His promises.
Speaking positively takes self-control. Our mouths want to speak out everything we think and feel, so we need to go deeper, thinking and speaking out of our renewed spirit.
Here are a few modern-day examples on how you can change negative thoughts and comments into spirit-led positive ones.
“I’m so tired!” – Instead say: My youth is renewed like the eagles. Thank you Father for giving me energy to make it through the day. (Psalm 103:5)
“I think I’m going to lose my job.” – Instead say: The Lord is with me and I am a successful person. (Jer 20:11)
“I don’t have enough money.” – Instead say: The Lord supplies all my needs according to His riches in glory. (Philippians 4:19)
“I’m not smart enough to get anywhere in life. I’m not creative.” – Instead say: I have the wisdom of God. I have the direction of God. I hear the voice of the Good Shepherd. I have God-inspired ideas. (John 10:27)
Start to pay attention to the words that come out of your mouth and dig into God’s promises to bring positive words—and results into your life. The right word spoken at the right time can actually be life-changing. (Proverbs 15:23)
“I hate Mondays!” used to be the first thing out of my mount when I woke up on Mondays. You know, Mondays can be like every other day—even Friday—if you are positive enough about it.
Words are food for our souls. We eat healthy foods to aid our body’s nutrition and we need to speak healthy words for our soul’s nutrition. Begin to train yourself to speak more positive and it will begin to be very natural for you. You will also start to influence those around to be more positive. It spreads like wildfire!
If you have something you are struggling with in life, leave a comment below. We’ll help you find positive words to speak and back it with Scripture to get you out!
Prayer Starter: Lord, help me to make wise choices with everything coming out of my mouth. Help me to pay attention to the words I speak, to recognize the negative and turn them instantly into positive spoken words. Amen.