Playing miniature golf with Tim, I shaded my eyes with my hand, looking at the double-backed twisty-shaped loop that lay ahead. I frowned. “This hole is really hard!” I said. It took me six strokes to complete the hole.
“Hey,” I said, “I can do better.”
Tim asked, “What are you going to do?”
On the next hole, I plopped the golf ball down on the starting mark. I took a deep breath and said, “This one is going right in. A hole in one!” The ball sprang to life. I could have sworn it squealed, “Whee!” I did a double take as it landed right in the hole.
I jumped up and down, pumping the club over my head in ecstasy. “Wow!” I said. “Did you see that? It went right in.” I bent over and scooped the ball out of the hole.
Tim grinned and said, “Can you do it again?”
At the next two holes, I said, “This looks hard. I don’t know if I can do it.” Those took several strokes to complete. At the following two, I announced, “This one is going right in. A hole in one!” My eyebrows shot up. From the starting mark, the ball went directly into each cup.
What we say aloud changes the atmosphere. When we speak affirmations aloud, the sound waves are literally charged with ripples of faith. The energy in the room (or golf course) becomes ripe with expectancy. Just as we get a surge of strength from others’ prayers and words of encouragement, we activate God’s power in us when we speak truths aloud over ourselves.
Speaking aloud changes the chemical makeup of our bodies. Try this. Balance a pencil on one finger while saying aloud, “This is too hard. I’m not good at this.” How did your body react? Now do it again, saying aloud, “This is easy. I’m really good at this.” How did your body respond this time?
What are your words bringing to life to today?