This article is by Joyce Meyer
The longer I live, the more I realize how strong a connection exists between our thoughts and our words. I honestly believe that this connection is one of the most important things we can learn in our lives.
So many people’s problems are rooted in their way of thinking, which can actually produce a lot of the problems they experience.
How does this happen?
Well, a negative mind produces negative words and, consequently, a negative life. Our words can actually become traps that cause us to continue our cycle of negative thoughts and actions.
Yes, we’re all tempted to speak negatively, but we don’t have to give in to that temptation.
To turn our words around, we need to start thinking about what we’re thinking about, and then make some real changes.
Let me show you how…
Don’t Fall into the Trap of Negative Thinking
Because I allowed many years of negative thinking and speaking in my life, I became an extremely negative, sour person. My philosophy became, “If you don’t expect anything good to happen, then you won’t be disappointed when it doesn’t.”
Have you ever felt that way?
Because I had encountered so many disappointments, I was afraid to believe that anything good could happen to me. I had developed a terribly negative outlook on everything.
If I had continued to believe those lies about never getting over my past, I never would’ve gotten over my past.
New Thoughts, New Possibilities
With God’s help, I am continually reminded that my past doesn’t have to control my future. I don’t need God’s help in my life to give up—I need His help to keep going!
I now know how important it is for me to understand that my life would not have gotten straightened out until my mouth did…
And since the two are linked, my mouth wasn’t going to get straightened out until my mind did.
Changing your words and thoughts is definitely not an easy thing to do, but with God’s help, all things are possible.
Be Patient with Yourself
We have to choose to think and speak positively. It doesn’t come naturally, and it doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, it takes a lot of practice.
There will be days when you have setbacks, but just get back up, dust yourself off, and start again.
When a baby is learning to walk, he falls many, many times before he gains the confidence to walk. Failing from time to time—which you will do—doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It simply means you’re not perfect and don’t do everything right all of the time.
Well, neither does anyone else!
If you’ve been consumed with negative thinking and speaking, the pathway to your freedom begins when you face the problem without making excuses for it.
Be patient with yourself. As you change your thinking, your words will change…and so will your life.