“You are a good boy.” These words caught my attention because they were new words. I don’t remember if I verbalized it, but in my mind, I thought, “Really, am I really good?” You see, no one had ever described me in this way. My parents had few words of affirmation for me.  For my teacher, an important adult in my world, to describe me in this way, made a significant impact on how I viewed myself! 

Every day we send and receive many messages that shape how we view ourselves and the world around us. What does God say about me? He says I’m loved, forgiven, valuable, and created by him for a purpose. And there is more.  He sent his Son to die for me, and he invites me to be part of his family. 

Understanding “God’s words” has made an important impact in two ways. It has given me the ability to be confident when faced with messages that were not true. Secondly, this knowledge has allowed me to bring words of healing to others. I can look in a mirror and repeat what God says: “I am God’s workmanship, and I’m fearfully and wonderfully made for a special purpose that God has determined for me” (Psalm 139:14 and Ephesians 2:10)! An added benefit is that God’s Spirit lives in me to give me wisdom and insight on how to speak in a way that pleases him and is a blessing to others! 

Father, may the words of my mouth and the thoughts in my heart be acceptable to you. Plant your words in my speech so that I can bring encouragement and hope to others. May I have a deep understanding of what is true about me and about everyone in my world. Thank you for your love and work in my life. Amen.

Throughout This Day: Invite the Spirit to show you if your thoughts about yourself and those around you are consistent with God’s Word. Ask him to show you how your words could bring grace and blessing to others today. 

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