Words shape the world around us. Words build up and tear down. They encourage and bring confidence. They hurt and bring shame. Words shape our attitudes and we choose how to use our words to shape our world. All over social media there are positive phrases and encouragement knowing we need to hear them.
Neuroscience now tells us that our subconscious actually hears what we are saying to ourselves and believes it. The words we speak shape our reality. When God spoke, it became a reality. In many ways, our words shape our reality in a similar way.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. 6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it.And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. 9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God calledthe dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.(Genesis 1:3-10 NIV)
I know, when I have a positive outlook, think positively about myself, I have a better mood. I have more energy to accomplish my goals. I have resilience over adversities. I treat loved ones around me with more kindness. There is a reason we are instructed to not have unwholesome talk come out of our mouths and to think about things that are praiseworthy. Our wellbeing is dependent on it.
Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)
My emotional wellbeing is dependent on how I use words to shape how I think about myself and those around me. The power of positive speech is real in how it shapes our brain and biology. The power of positive speech and thought is scriptural. God knew when we were created that speaking love to ourselves and others would bring health and life emotionally and physically.
How do you use words to shape your brain and your world? Are they positive? Are they admirable? Share your experience here and be breathe life and bring hope to others.