Our church is doing a “No Complaining” Lent. Everyone is assigned the task of wearing a flexible plastic bracelet and switching it from one wrist to the other whenever they catch themselves complaining. It’s a super-simple act but quite effective in allowing us to hear ourselves – maybe almost like others hear us.
The words that come out of our mouth are far more powerful than we realize. The words we say to ourselves are, by far, more powerful than even those. When we fill our thoughts with negative, low self-esteem words – when we continually express our inadequacies and fears and worries – those are the things that become our realities. The human brain is fact-neutral. It cannot discriminate between truth and lies. It’s function is to make happen in our bodies and emotions what is input. When negatives are inserted – or positives – it works to make those come about.
Today – Observe the words you say to yourself. Are they positive or negative? Do you need to make a change?