“At any given moment you have the power to say: this is not how the story is going to end.” -Anonymous
There’s something you might not know about me. I was once a great detective and Nancy Drew was my sidekick. We explored endless intriguing sites together such as a hidden staircase that led to a dusty old attic. On occasion, we hung out with a couple of mischievous brothers known as The Hardy Boys. Life was good and exciting.
Stories told in living color are descriptive in nature. The author’s choice of words has the creative ability to draw the reader into a different world. We momentarily leave our world and enter into the heart and mind of the characters.
This time of year, many will focus on the Nativity Story where God stepped down from eternity to dwell among us: to identify with us and restore mankind.
At the time of Christ’s birth, an angel appeared and said, “I bring good news that will cause great joy for all people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
The Word is also a name of Jesus (Jn. 1:1). It emphasizes His deity and communicates who God is and what He is like.
Words are an integral part of our life. You wake up and greet your spouse and children with a cheerful good morning. During the day, you find out you have been the victim of a scam. But instead of thinking negatively, you speak positively and believe in God’s nature to restore what has been lost. A few weeks later, a friend gives you an unexpected gift.
Imagine another scenario for a minute. Upon waking, you stretch, yawn and moan, “I hate Mondays.”
As your day unfolds, you encounter one problem after another. You grab a cup of coffee and head toward the door and find you have misplaced your keys. You hurriedly grab the spare set of keys. You hit each light and now you mutter to yourself, “There’s no way I’m going to make it on time.” Needless to say, you arrive late.
Could your words play a part of a self-fulfilling prophecy?
God’s word has the power to accomplish what he intends (Heb.4:12; Is. 55:11). God spoke the universe into being (Gen.1:1-5). Our words also carry creative ability because they send a positive or negative message to our brain. Our brain then acts on that thought.
Let’s return to the quote I opened with. There’s truth to this statement. Our power to change the end of our story rests upon our decision to speak words that are congruent with God’s character. Jesus is the first and final word, and everything in between.
Steps and Questions for Reflection:
- Stop. Read Ecclesiastes 5:2. When was the last time you found yourself acting with a hasty heart? What part did your emotions play? Your emotions tell you the truth about what you believe. Sometimes we believe lies.
- Think. Read 2 Cor. 10:5. Spend time in a quiet place, free of distractions and use a topical concordance (located in the back of most Bibles) or Google to find a scripture applicable to your situation. Note any words or phrases that stand out and ask God to speak truth to your heart.
- Speak. Read Job 22:28. What truth will you declare today over yourself or a seemingly negative situation?