I am. I am Katie. I am Katie Shirley. I am married. I am married to a woman. I am from the South. I am a runner. I am a writer. I am a nurse. I am the daughter of two pastors. I am. I am. I am.
Think about how powerful those words are. It’s not just talking positive or thinking positive. It’s declaring what you are. Many people do not know the power of this phrase. They go around saying, they are sick, they are tired, they are bored, they are frustrated, etc. (notice, how I won’t even type out “I am” in front of what they say; that was intentional).
The 2006 book “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne discussed, at length, the power of positive words, thoughts, and speech. The book sold over 20 million copies and has been translated into over 50 different languages! But Jesus has been preaching it for over 2,000 years. Judaism even longer! Proverbs 18:21 (before Jesus’ time) said “there is death and life in the power of the tongue; and those who love it – shall reap the benefits of it.” I will be the first person to tell you, that though my number one life motto is #SpiritualNotReligious, I’m far from knowing or understanding all the different religions (and non-religions). BUT I do know that Islam also teaches to “speak a good word or remain silent.” I’m intricately familiar with spiritual teachings on the subject, from The Secret to Dr. Wayne Dyer to Oprah to the Law of Attraction.
You will hear me and Anna say things like, I’m (I am) the richest person in the world, I’m the most loved person in the world, I’m the sexiest person in the world. Sexy is our word for skinny – when you google the definition of skinny it’s not good. We’re not crazy (or are we … maybe… but I’m not confessing that 🙂 … BUT we deeply and fully understand the gigantic influence our words have on the outcomes of our lives.
For instance, when I woke up this Monday morning – I wasn’t “feeling it.” I was tired, didn’t spend enough me-time over the weekend, and didn’t want to get out of bed. I did, what has become one of my morning routines, and created a Snap to post on Instagram stories. My energy was low; I wasn’t outright saying I was tired and not into it … BUT the words I was posting with the image and the complementary facial expressions were. So, I deleted that Snap and made a new one declaring I love Mondays! I love everyday, including Mondays! and posted it.
Me and Anna take positive speech and talking to a whole other level. Including how we apologize. Most people say “they’re sorry” at the end of an argument, inflicted hurt, or disagreement. Not us. I don’t want to say, “I am…” the s-word. No. Anna and me came up with a plan years and years ago. We call it “the plan in place.” If we’re arguing, either person can call the plan in place. I’m calling the plan in place. OR… Let’s do the plan in place – I will start it. You ready? Both people have to immediately stop talking (arguing) and say one of three scriptures. You can’t say anything before it. You can’t say anything behind it. Or you have to do it again. The scriptures we chose aren’t specifically about arguing or having peace. They are just scriptures we really liked at the time we established the plan in place. Honestly, it’s not about which scriptures we say. It’s about speaking something good at the time. Our scriptures just happen to be:
- The Lord satisfieth my mouth with good things so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:5
- I am a new creation in Christ Jesus; every old thing has passed away – behold, all things have become new about me. 2 Corinthians 5:17
- This is the day the Lord has made; I am rejoicing and am glad in it. Psalm 118:24
Notice 2 out of 3 of them have the phrase I am in them.
The reason the scripture says that there is actual death and life in the power of the tongue, aka your speech (we use the King James Version of the Bible – there’s lot of -the’s and ‘eth’s, and -thoughs …. hhhhaaaaaa …. I grew up on the New King James Version. It took me probably a year to get used to the KJV that Anna insisted we use!). BUT, your words are literally creating your reality. Try it and see what happens.
I am …..
I am successful. I am happy. I am a writer. I am annointed for greatness. I am sexy. I am the most attractive person in the world. I am the most cherished person in the world. I am peace. I am power. I am of God.