We are continuing our 30 Days of Gratitude! If you missed the scoop about why we’re celebrating, be sure to check out Episode One. Yesterday, we talked about being grateful that God is with you even when your pillar falls. Today, we’re going to be discussing Day Twenty’s topic: Bullies.
I could really go in on this, but I’ll read today’s entry from my book instead. Otherwise, we’ll be here all day.
“Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.”
Proverbs: 12:18 (ESV)
~ Today’s Declaration ~
I will not let anyone’s negativity affect my positivity.
As you know, I am the founder of an organization that deals with bullying. I see it every day. Kids are cruel. Teachers are cruel. Parents are cruel. Not all people are cruel, but we have to be honest about the fact that there are lots of cruel people in this world. Some of them bully others to make themselves feel better about their worth. Some bully others because they have been bullied before. There are so many reasons why people do what they do. None of the reasons justify the actions, but there is definitely no shortage of reasons.
Words hurt. That whole “sticks and stones” thing is a myth. You get over physical blows. Cuts heal… but words? Words endure long after the blood stops flowing. Words endure long after the swelling goes down. Words HURT.
I can’t tell you that you won’t ever be bullied again. I can’t tell you that you won’t ever be verbally abused. I can’t tell you that you won’t ever be pushed around (physically or with words) by those who feel like they are superior to you. If I did, I would be misleading you. Greatly.
However, I can tell you that the best way to counteract words is with words. As we see in this scripture, yes, there are people who will constantly say hurtful things. In the midst of this, you have a great opportunity. You have the opportunity to use wisdom and to use your words to bring healing.
You may think you don’t know how to do this, but I’m pretty sure that you do. Even if you don’t, let me share something with you. The Bible says in James 1:5 (New Living Translation), ” If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” There’s no excuse for you to not be able to do this. Ready? Here we go.
For every negative thing that has been spoken over you, to you, and/or around you, you have the power within you to speak a word to counteract and cancel out what has been said. It HAS to work. It’s law. If someone makes a cutting remark, but the words of the wise bring healing, that means that the words of the wise bring healing to the cutting remark, thus making the cutting remark null and void.
I do this every day. I could write a whole entire series of books about the things that have been said to me. That’s why (and if you follow me on social media, you know this) I try my best and hardest to only affirm good things. I believe that what we speak over ourselves becomes law, and I refuse to legislate anything that is going to bring me down. That’s that betrayal we talked about on Day 14. Make a decision today that even in the midst of those words that hurt you, you will stand in your power and speak something different.
I decree that every negative word that has been spoken will be canceled out by something positive that you speak today. I declare that you will no longer use your tongue to speak negativity into the atmosphere about yourself or others. I speak new life to the words that come out of your mouth. May they be words that edify and not words that tear down. I decree and declare that your words will begin to build a new life full of peace and prosperity for you and those connected to you. It takes work, but it can be done. It WILL be done. It SHALL be done. Start today. #iSpeakLife”
Have an amazing day today. Show love to yourself AND others. Be GREAT! I speak life to you and everyone and everything connected to you! Catch me tomorrow!