The Power of Words


“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3)
God said, and then there was. Our Creator spoke life into existence. We have the same power to speak lifeinto our own little worlds.
We also have thecapacity to destroy them.
I love words…always have. Taught myself to read when I was 4 years oldbecausewords intrigued me so much. I sensed theirinfluence and significance and impact. Words that come forth from our mouths -ANDwordsthat areformed in our minds-have the potential to injure or inspire ourselves and others. Words have matter, force…power.
I did a short internship withChild Protective Services my 2nd year of college. I say short, because it didn’t take me long to realize that working with the families of abused and neglected children was a little more than my 20 year-old heart could bear. Hanging in the office of the social worker I did cases with was a poster of a little boy curled up in acorner. It read, “Words hit harder than a fist.”
I have an inner child that needs healing. All of us do. We’ve been hurt by others’ words, and most of us are still listening to the scripts – the “tapes” – in our heads that downplay our magnificence. We are continuously bombardedby the Adversary with mental/spiritual attacks in the form of injurious words regarding our worth and performance.
I really want to move past downplaying my worth and potential, and that of others. I’ve often thought how amazing it would be to master beautiful, life-affirming speech in this life…speaking with the tongue of angels. As in, nothing that comes out of my mouth does anything but build and heal.Including the conversations I have with myself.
I’m reading Kevin Hall’s book, Aspire, and am loving it. It’s all about the power of words. He introduces the word, “Genshai“, which means that you should never treat another person in a manner that would make them feel small. “If I were to talk by a beggar in the street and casually toss him a coin, I would not be practicing Genshai. But if I knelt down on my knees and looked him in the eye when I placed that coin in his hand, that coin became love. Then and only then, after I had exhibited pure, unconditional brotherly love, would I become a true practitioner of Genshai.”
I think we should practice Genshaion ourselves. We should use the power of words tocreate personalbeauty and meaning and love andgreatness.
In mycoaching business, I havewomen list their fears and inadequacies (negative thoughts about themselves). Then, I have them list the antithesis to those fears and turn them into positive, life-affirming statements. I have them carry the statements on notecards and hang them up in various spots in their home or car as reminders: “I am stepping into supreme confidence and beauty” “I have a deepunderstanding of who I am” “I was born to shine” “I speak with power, truth and intelligence” “My eye is single to God and therefore my whole body is full of light” “My mind is clear and focused” “The Glory ofGOD is manifest in ME” “Angels attend my children and sentinels stand in my home” “I am an ambassador for Christ” “My body is fit and strong” “I ampowerful” “I am on the Lord’s errand and am doing away with the fear of man” “My gifts are being magnified” “I am a woman of Faith and I only answer to my Father and my Savior” and my personalfavorite, “Just as Queen Esther, IWAS BORN FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.”
I used to read these over and over again,every day – for months -and it was amazing how my internal dialogue shifted. It was wonderful how people began to respond to me differently; see me in a different light. I’ve gotten away from this practice, and it’s time to come back. Words literally have the power to rewireyour mind – your DNA – toregard youself as intelligent and beautiful and queenly and precious.
Let there be Light.

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