Communications theorists suggest that … words create worlds.
This idea is formally known as the Constructionist Principle. It suggests that reality, as we know it, is a subjective vs. objective state. And that reality, as we know it, is socially created through language and conversations.
No wonder Paul was so insistent in his words to the church when he said…
Read: Philippians 4:8
Whatever is true,
whatever is honorable,
whatever is just,
whatever is pure,
whatever is pleasing,
whatever is commendable,
if there is any excellence and
if there is anything worthy of praise,
think (speak) about these things.
Reflect: So words really, really matter. In fact they are a matter of life and death, hopes and fears, dreams and failures. What does your remembering 2019 sound like? What about your dreams for 2020? What world are you creating with your words, both internal and external?
Take Action: Find a way to be intentional about your words as you reflect on the past and dream for the future. As a spiritual practice, try keeping a “Philippians 4:8” journal, or find another woman to covenant with to exchange “Philippians 4:8” messages over the coming month. Pay attention to how your intentional use of words re-frames your own perceptions and relationships.
Here’s hoping for a Philippians 4:8 world in 2020!
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