How We Talk Matters

January 31, 2022

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up,
as it fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
– Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)

We talk to ourselves all day long. If that’s true and it is, what are we talking about? Too often, the words we speak to ourselves are not positive. If we fall into the trap of listening to these messages, we might question how we accomplish anything at all. Sport psychologists say that developing positive self-talk is one of the most difficult skills to master. Many times, we do not even give ourselves a chance to succeed because we are pumping our brains with the worst possible outcomes. “I cannot do that!” “It is too hard!” “What if I fail!” Negative self-talk can destroy anyone, but it is especially dangerous for athletes and coaches. If you are constantly dealing with pregame jitters and performance anxiety, maybe it is time to stand up and have a heart-to-heart with that negative voice in your head. “I can do this!” “Yes, it is hard, but if I keep working, I will get there!” “Failure is just one more step toward success!” Not once a day, but all day, we must build ourselves up through positive self-talk.

All too often we limit our talks with God to mealtime and bedtime. Maybe we think God is too busy to hear us during other times of the day. Maybe we think we should only burden God with the big stuff! The truth is, nothing is too small to share with God and we do not even need to set up an appointment. Do not let Satan convince you otherwise. Do not let his lies lead to negative self-talk. Talk with God through “windshield prayers” as you walk, drive or wait in line at the store. Repeat the same short prayer throughout the day. “I love you Lord. I thank You in all things.” Practice being in the moment. See that chance meeting with someone as a “divine appointment” rather than a distraction. Learn to see the beauty in nature and the goodness in people and give God thanks. Not once a day, but all day, we can talk with God and thank Him for all He does for us.

Thank You God for the many blessings You give me. Help me to recognize them, enjoy them and give You thanks for them all day long. Amen.

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