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Speak Life

Whenever I exercise, I like to do so with an energising playlist where I can soak in songs from artists I admire.

One song that always resonates with me is TobyMac’s Speak Life. There’s a line in there which says “We can turn a heart with the words we say”. I really like that line. Here’s why:

Grumpiness seems to have hit a new level in the world. Have you noticed? (My wife notices it in me some days, and she tells me. And I have to go find my happy face.)

But seriously – have you noticed people’s grumpy levels? Just watch them in the traffic. That’ll tell you. They all talk to each other with frowns and gesticulate hand motions through glass windows… but no one can hear a word they’re saying.

Mental health is a big deal. When you consider that the 2017 App of the Year by Apple was a series of meditation exercises called “Calm”, it’s obvious that people are far more mindful of the need to look after their thought life. And from our thought life flows how we view and further engage with the world around us.

The way in which you view the world is a big deal. And that is largely informed by the voices that you let inside your own head.

For me, I’m on my own small mission to recruit an army of people who see the world through rose-tinted glasses. Seriously. There are enough realists and cynics out there. But for me, hope is a common denominator which should weave through our speech.

So let me ask you this: when you’re alone, with your own thoughts, what words do you use to string ideas together? Are they matter-of-fact? Or do they have emotion attached to them?

You see, the people each of us hangs out with shape our thoughts and our words. We become like each other. We begin to think similar to each other. If you’re surrounded by moaners and groaners, that stuff begins to fill your head. If you hang out with people who are motivated, focussed and positive, their habits will rub of on you and your own thinking. Who are the people you hang out with? Ever considered how they shape your thoughts?

The words we use shape our thoughts and direct our hearts. I’ve become acutely aware that the words in my head need to continually be re-shaped and re-directed in line with the One who gives life and takes it away. As long as I’m looking heavenward, and steering my own family’s gaze (and all my friends too) in that direction, we’ll be okay.

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