Yesterday, a woman was trying to emphasise a point and to do this she kept saying ‘Kò sówó, ko sówó’ (‘There is no money’). Those words sounded strange in my hearing. Of course situations are not always positive, but our words count in the face of those situations. Believe me.
I have had some things doing in Lagos for some time which demands that I move around hopping buses and crossing busy roads with high central reservation (in places where there are no pedestrian bridges). At a time I always complained with this statement, ‘Èkó àti wàhálà’ (Lagos and stress). (Truly, I have a good reason to say Lagos is stressful. I was not raised in Lagos and I lived and worked for a while in a city that in a way is similar to where I was raised. I was never used to the rigour of living in Lagos). I kept thinking and talking like this until one day it occurred to me that I had been confessing negatively. So I switched to saying ‘Èkó àti ìbùkún ẹ̀’. (Lagos and its blessings).
Two years ago, I went to visit my sisters in Ibadan. Now, Ibadan has a funny appellation: ‘Ìbàdàn n’lé Olúyòlé níbi t’ọ́mọ olè gbé ti n jàre olóhun’ (Ibadan, Oluyole’s land, where a thief is justified over whoever he steals from). I remembered those words when I knew I’d be going to see my sisters and I found myself musing over them and at the same time verbalizing them. Throughout my short visit, I continued to say them. I am a literary person, so those words amused me. On the day I was to leave, my sister saw me off to the park. It was necessary that we take two buses. Upon alighting from the first bus, we had to walk a little before we could join another bus. I had my backpack—which contained my netbook, phone, camera and some money—strapped to my back. While walking to where we would get the next bus, I wanted to use my phone, but I found the zip to where I kept it behind the bag open. I alerted my sister and we stepped aside to see if the phone was not stolen. Yours sincerely, my phone was gone including the money except for my camera which escaped the theft.
I was shaken. I went around with this same bag in Port Harcourt and in Lagos, Big brother Lagos, and no one dared do such a thing to me. How come this happened to me in Ibadan, Ibadan of all places? And what were angels doing when the scoundrel was busy stealing from me? Why did the Lord allow this? These were the questions ringing in my head. Later, the line I had been reciting about Ibadan was brought back and it occurred to me that I opened the door, though unwittingly, for the incident through my spoken words.
Although it is not every time that we experience ills that they are brought on us by our words, but several times negative things that happen to us come as a result of the careless words we speak both consciously and unconsciously or those spoken by others into our lives.
Your words count a lot. Don’t tell yourself that you’re stupid even if you act stupidly.
Correct yourself, but don’t confirm it. The fact that you make some mistakes does not make you stupid. For example, if I misplace something and I am searching everywhere for it, I don’t tell myself that I am careless. I say, ‘AY, you’re not careless, though you need to be more careful.’ I see many positive things in my life today and I remember one time or the other in the past that I had stubbornly confessed those things in my words. Now, they are manifesting.
Can I beg you? Please, even in the face of adversity, make sure the words that proceed from your mouth are positive. It doesn’t matter if you see the manifestation of those words yet or not. Keep saying them until they manifest. I understand there are some situations where it is stupid and unrealistic to speak good words. Speak them anyway, even if you have to do so amidst hot tears. Always remember that all things work together for good to THEM who love God and have been called according to His purpose.
The best source of good words is the Holy Bible. Meditate on the words therein day and night because they are alive (God will help us all to be very faithful to doing that) because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Confess the words.
But the Owner of those words may be mad at you for confessing His words if you do not please Him. And how do you please Him? By accepting the priceless gift of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who was crucified and buried but rose again and lives forever. Jesus came to save you from your sin and eternal damnation. Apart from eternal life that He offers, you have access to abundant life here on earth which is all encompassing. He will be with you in troubles, He will be your peace in the storm, He will be your constant friend when no-one cares. He will be everything to you.
#Proverbs 12:14 (NIV)
‘From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things, as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.’
# Romans 10:10 (NIV)
‘For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.’
But to the wicked person, God says: ‘What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips?
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
©2013, Ayobami Temitope Kehinde