As the year comes to a close, I notice that so many people are saying that 2017 was a horrible year.
Throw 2017 away!
I, myself, started to rehearse the same ideology before I knew it. It’s interesting because 2017 has not been bad to me. In fact, it’s been a great year…a season of firsts. So why did I start to feel and rehearse the same words that I heard others say? Because of the power of words!
About mid-year, I started to hear people lament about the horrors of 2017. In passing conversations or more one-on-one interactions, individuals would just pour out the contents of their hearts and I would respond with encouragement. However, what I didn’t realize is that I started to internalize some of their issues as I saw similarities in my own life.
Sometimes we don’t realize the power of others’ words. Now, I’m not saying this in an overly religious space, but in a very real sense. When we engage in conversations with others, seeds are always planted whether fruitful or not so fruitful. And, if we aren’t careful, we may allow those bad seeds to harvest. Therefore, we have to actively guard our hearts especially if we are in similar struggles.
It’s interesting though because the negative perception of 2017 did not begin to manifest in my life until September. I experienced a form of disappointment that I really didn’t anticipate and it kind of knocked the breath out of me. In November, I struggled extremely in the area of my emotions and started to say, “2017 is a horrible year.” My emotions were out of wack and the enemy used this one event to muzzle me. He caused me to believe that my circumstances were far worst than they were and he magnified my shortcomings.
I had to pray for a new perspective on my life. I had to ask God to remind me of his sovereignty even when I didn’t understand. I had to remind myself who I was in Christ. This process didn’t happen over night. In fact, I had to fast for a few day to reposition myself, but it worked.
I’m writing to encourage you not to take lightly the power of words. I want to caution you against accepting the beliefs of others and taking on their ways of thinking because they seem familiar. Instead, lean into God and ask him to give you the heavenly perspective on your situation because more times than not, we understand in part.