What’s in a word?
Quite simply, the words we attach to our experience become our experience.
Few people truly recognize the power of the spoken word. They speak words that convey condemnation, sickness, despair, defeat, dissatisfaction with their own lives, and hopelessness. Take great care to only speak forth that which you would have for yourself and others. Speak blessing, speak encouragement, speak comfort, speak love…and see all of these things returned to you in abundance.
Thought for the day
Do we talk or do we bitch? It is perfectly OK and right to share with others about our life struggles however what is not OK is to express yourself anywhere, especially at a meeting, without taking into consideration the effect your words have on others. If you continually express pessimism about the program and share only about the addiction, your problems and inability to gain a foothold on recovery then not only are you personally concentrating on the problem rather than the solution, but you are spreading the idea that it is all about the addiction in you and the problems you face rather than working on the solution. Fortunately we really do have a solution to our difficulties… and that one is God! When we share about the incremental progress we make, with God’s help, we spread the good news of recovery through a complete life change. Let’s make sure, especially at recovery meetings, that we share honestly but leave the room in better condition than when we first sat down!
Death and life are in the power of the tongue… ~Proverbs 18:21~
And Jesus called the people to Him and said to them, Listen and grasp and comprehend this: It is not what goes into the mouth of a man that makes him unclean and defiled, but what comes out of the mouth; this makes a man unclean and defiles [him]. ~Matthew 15:10,11 (Amp)~
For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. ~James 3:2-5,10 (NKJV)~