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Sunday, 22 January 2017

SILENCE, A BETTER OPTION AT TIMES


Recently, I have been “haunted” by this bible verse in John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD.” I pondered this verse, related it to myself, and realized that:
· At the start of existence, there was the WORD.

· Still, at this beginning time, “God was with the Word”, meaning God possessed the Word.

· Furthermore, “The WORD was GOD.”

This passage John 1:1 further talks about how God made everything. And if you know the creation story in Genesis 1, God created or made everything by or through his Word (Himself) i.e. “And God said, let there be light; and God said, let the land produce vegetation, and God said, let the water under the sky be gathered to one place... etc.” John 1:1 haunts me because it simplifies the entire bible message to me and connects to everything else.

As I related this to myself, I realized the power of words. People say, “You are what you eat”, or people think a person is “how they present themselves”. However, I have realized that physical things or representations by a person affects the least about that person or says the least about that person. These physical things just prove to the human eye what exists about that person. In studying John 1:1 I noticed, words are not just mere expressions, no! On the contrary, words create, destroy, attack, appreciate, depreciate etc. King Solomon said it best in Proverbs: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Moreover, this analogy is better stated by the wisest man that ever lived – King Solomon, “Guard your heart/tongue with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life.”

This stated advice leads me to touch on the heart & tongue’s role because these are the originators of your words (in spoken form, in thoughts, or in written form). This is because your heart is the nucleus of your being. Solomon gave this wise advice, ‘vigilantly guard your heart’ because, out of it flows what can sustain or deplete you. Your tongue speaks/releases words from your heart, which is the seat of your existence (“Out of the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks!”) What you feed yourself affects what you release to the external world. If you listen to, absorb, and accept derogatory or demeaning words, your heart will dwell on it and let it take root in you.

Soon enough, you will start believing and speaking from this rooted place in your heart where demeaning and fruitless words lie and are released through your tongue/thoughts/actions etc. This behavior establishes a negative pattern or cycle of doom. To drive home this point, I give an example from my personal experiences. When I first arrived in Kingston (where I live), I faced severe culture shock and adjustment difficulties. I felt out of place for a host of reasons. These happenings affected my life and me. At that time, I dwelt on thoughts like “I did not belong”, “I am different” etc. These do not mean that I did not know my self-worth, it just influenced my outlook on things. This outlook stayed with me for a long time and mostly in my sub-conscious thoughts.

Fast forward to today, in this era of my life, I have a different and positive outlook. Why? This is because I put my trust in God and have made him my foundation. This change happened when I realized from the wise advice of a friend that “The music you listen to in the morning hugely affects your morale for the day.” I took her opinion and tested it. Doing this, I realized that not only did the music I listened to affect my day but also what other influences/words I let into myself throughout my day like discussions with colleagues, TV shows, chatting with friends, my sources of entertainment etc. I came to a place of realization that the words you let in dictate your reality and influences you more than you think. I proved this conclusion by my experience when I listened to Joel Osteen’s messages daily. I always feel encouraged to be the best version of myself and that I can do all things through Christ who loves me! This daily reminder of who I am in Christ Jesus, a loved and blessed child of God; has given me self-value and HOPE that I lacked for a while.

In addition, check out Matthew 15: 1- 20. In practice, guarding our hearts is not easy to do most times. Therefore, we have to ask God for help with this because God is willing to walk with us on your path to betterment as said in Matthew 10: 19. With this being said, I kindly advise quoting Philippians 4: 8 – “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Why, because your heart desires and thoughts can easily transform to become your reality (your words and actions merit you your rewards, like properties, children, health state, mind state etc.) Proverbs 12: 17 – 18 exemplifies the good and bad effect of words on others and us; “He that speaks truth shows forth righteousness: but a false witness is deceit. There is he that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.”




Signed with LOVE by: Boma S. Jumbo

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