Tuesday, 20 November 2018

I recently had the opportunity to preach at my church's nigh service. It was terrifying. It was awesome. It was crazy. It was fun.

I was told I could share on absolutely anything that was on my heart. I saw it as an opportunity to share something that God has been challenging me on recently. I wanted to share some of it with you.

In today's world, things like criticism, complaining, gossip or lying aren't just shrugged off, but are sometimes encouraged or even celebrated. In truth, these sins have the same deadly price tag as any other.

One bad word, one rude comment can set off a domino effect of destruction not only for others around us but also for ourselves and the way that people can see us. The results of criticism, complaining, gossip or lying demonstrate this so well.

Let's use complaining for example. It is so easy to do because life tends to get a bit overwhelming for the best of us a lot of the time. We get stressed and overwhelmed which in turn leads to letting out all of our frustration through our words. Complaining doesn't help anyone. In fact, I honestly can't remember many times when I complained about something to someone and it made me feel better. So why do we do it?

These things destroy relationships, weaken out ability to represent Christ and separate us from the life that God wants for us. These are things that we do and say every single day without even thinking about the weight of what they hold.

How do we teach ourselves to let the words that roll off our tongue become words that speak life and truth?

I've come to the conclusion that the key is to let it start before they even become words that come out of our mouths. Start with your thoughts. Choose to use your thoughts to filter your words.

I hope I'm not the only one who has crazy thoughts sometimes. I'm that person and dare I say that I feel as if we all are sometimes, who will for example see someone wearing something that isn't really my style. My thoughts automatically go to "Oh my gosh, what are they wearing?" And then I'll remember that I'm not supposed to judge and I should be positive and so then in my head I'll be like "No, they can wear what they want. They're rocking it." kinda thing. It's a little hypocritical to be honest, but we all do it, right?

Someone once told me though that the first thought that we have is what we have been conditioned to think and whatever comes after is what makes you the kind of person that you are. What comes next is what determines what then comes out of our mouths.

This means that those thoughts will naturally follow the direction your heart is going. If you are continually spending time filling yourself with the word of God. If you are intentionally praying everyday, if you are surrounding yourself with positive like-minded people, if you have chosen to guide your heart towards truth then naturally those thoughts will shift into positive ones and you will be filtering your words without even realising that you are doing so.

Often the things that we criticise, gossip and complain about are some of our greatest blessings - we are just looking at them from the wrong point of view.

Let's choose to be more intentional with the words we speak. Let's choose to let they power they hold be used for something positive and life giving. I'm choosing to try to be better with the words that I speak and I challenge you to be too.

XO, Danielle


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