Words charge your life

Words charge your lifeThey say actions speak louder than words… and while that’s true, it’s also true that words pave the way for your actions. When you put something out there with your words, your actions are bound to follow it up. That’s just the way it works, even if we don’t like it.

I told Jaxon that I would come watch something on the computer in a couple of minutes and when I said those words, I “put it out there.”

Guess what?

He held me to it… even though I did not really want to watch a YouTube video of a guy connecting 240 batteries and making a giant spark of electricity between alligator clips.

The moral of this story is, words are powerful. Words charge your life. And words can change your life. Proverbs 18:21 says it very plainly: Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Be careful how you use them.

You want me to do what?

My son, Jaxon, and I have a running disagreement. He says Lynn’s Chevy pickup is silver, I say it’s champagne. When I first heard him say it, I was confused because it REALLY is champagne. But in Jaxon’s eyes, it REALLY was silver.

I honestly don’t know if at that point in time Jaxon didn’t understand the difference between silver and champagne, or if his eyes were actually seeing something different from mine. But the bottom line is, I believed one thing and he believed another. Does that always have to mean that one of us is wrong? Can I make the mental adjustment and just say, we disagree?

Does disagreement have to be a deal-breaker?

How would Jesus behave in this situation? Well, from everything I’ve ever read about Jesus, he turned it back to the Word of God. When he was tempted by the devil he used scripture as a weapon. And the only weapon! He didn’t fly off and say what an idiot Satan was, he just quoted the Word.

So when someone says disparaging things about you, whose word are you going to believe?

Are you an idiot? Or are you the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus?

Are you inept, are you incapable? Or can you do all things through Christ who strengthens you?

Are you doomed to fail, are you a loser? Or are you created in God’s image with gifts and callings that are special, just to you?

Whose report are you going to believe?

Romans 8:1 says, There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Real Christianity is loving those who hurt us, forgiving those who wrong us, and not condemning those who don’t agree with us. You see, we have to apply that scripture to them as well. Just as we can’t let the devil condemn us, we cannot condemn them. We have to let it go and let God sort it out. That’s where peace can come in and we can take our hands off the sticky situation and let our loving and amazing God work it out.

I realized that Jaxon and I can disagree on the color of Lynn’s truck, and neither one of us is wrong. There are some battles that we just don’t have to win! And maybe realizing that fact is winning the battle.

People are different, we think differently, we hurt differently, we react to pain differently, and God made us that way. I don’t know why it’s so difficult sometimes, but hey, it’s not my job to know why we are all so different. It’s my job to love the Lord with all my heart, soul, and strength, and love my neighbor as myself. It’s OK if we disagree. I like mayo on my sandwich, you may like mustard… different strokes for different folks. And that’s OK.

Whatever struggle you are facing, I encourage you to go back to the Word of God and see what God says about it. Excavate those precious nuggets of gold, write them down, meditate on them, and let them be a soothing balm to your soul.

Turn off the voices

Have you seen The Help? Was it not hilarious and yet gut-wrenching? I’m not the only one who just hung on the line, “You is kind, you is smart, you is important.”

That got me thinking… what are we saying about ourselves? What are other people saying about us? What does God say about us?

Which one do you line up with?

I’ve told you many times that one of my favorite scriptures is Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. (NIV)

We usually apply this when we’re trying not to kill someone, right? Well, I have a whole new use for it… I can apply it toward thinking about myself!

Why should I think about all the things that are wrong with me? Why is it so easy to dwell on those things? I don’t lay in bed at night and think about all the great things I got accomplished, I think about what didn’t get done! How crazy is that?

Yes, I don’t still fit into my high school jeans, yes, my house is messy, yes, my son is critically lacking in his math enrichment points, but you know what? It’s OK. I have other qualities that overshadow my shortcomings and I can choose to dwell on those. Jaxon has areas that I fuss at him about and am constantly working on, but you know what? He has areas in which he outshines the brightest star. Why don’t I dwell on those areas?

When I’m having a bad day, my child wraps his precious arms around me and says, “I love you Mom; you don’t even know how much.” And my heart just melts. Compare that to a chart of math points and it’s laughable. Which would YOU rather have?

Do you see my point?

Sometimes you need to turn off the voices that tell you you’re not good enough, or not smart enough, or not spiritual enough, or not ANYTHING enough.

I’m here to tell you, you most certainly are enough. The Bible says you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You are more than a conqueror through Christ who loved you, you are the head and not the tail, you are above and not beneath, you are a winner and not a loser and you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!

Chin up! You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, fearfully and wonderfully made, and you are the apple of God’s eye.

Turn off the voices that say anything else.