When it comes to the use of vocabulary and our freewill, one cannot overemphasize the quality of matrimony these two phrases have achieved, especially in our generation. When presidential debates are fuelled with campaign straplines such as not ‘necessarily being politically correct.’ And phrases like; ‘just speak,’ ‘say what others are not bold to say,’ are thrown around.
Conventionally speaking, we have been formed by the society we live to retain some kind of vocabulary. We live in a world of words. When you say positive things, you can attract good. The scripture says, decree a thing and it shall established and I did not observe my bible stating whether your decree has to be positive or negative before it is established.
So what exactly informs our decrees? What exactly influences your vocabulary? “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Our circumstances can instruct our thoughts. Much more, our use of words are informed by the accumulation of what we have fed the gateways to our minds with.
So in all, we intentionally or unintentionally decide what our individual glossary should contain. Whether your glossary will contain undesirable words is a decision you must be conscious of. Whether they will be solely picked from the streets or from the media is a choice.
The devil is aware that if he can keep your vocabulary negative, he can defeat you as much as possible. Second Kings Chapter four and verse twenty-six gives us an example of a woman who has trained her vocabulary to be positive, even in the face of crisis.
I urge you today, to take charge of your vocabulary. Do not let the weather determine your vocabulary, do not let economic recession determine your vocabulary either. I once lived in a city where it rained on more days than there was sun. On days that there was rain, most people gave remarks such as, “such a horrible day, it’s all wet and messy.” And on other days, when it was sunny, when you ask a good number of residents at dusk, you could receive comments such as, “I made it, it was hectic, the heat kept me home the better part of the day.”
As much as we may not be able to influence situations around us, we can choose our position in such situations. Be more conscious of what you feed your mind with, be more positive on what you think on; ‘whatsoever are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and pure, of good report.’
The source of our vocabulary must be the scriptures. The bible tells me ‘a thousand shall fall at my side, and ten thousand at my right hand; but it shall not come near me. And only with mine eyes shall I behold and see the reward of the wicked.’
The scriptures also reminds me that when men are cast down, then thou shalt say there is a lifting up, and he shall save the humble.
I know it might be difficult to see negative and speak positive, but you can choose the better side. Your vocabulary does not only affect your outcome, it also affects your attitude in the meantime. According to Michael Hyatt, let it not be that ‘you have to be at work tomorrow, rather you get to be at work.’
Don’t let the enemy leak your investment as a result of negative vocabulary. Let your expected response to situation be positive. Don’t lose your answers to prayers with constant negative exclamations.