There are 10 simple words that can change your life. They are easy to say but they require more than just saying the words. Each of these words can be used to positively change your life and those around you. Ephesians 4:29 says, "Say the right thing at the right time and help others by what you say." There are words that need to be spoken consistently and when they are they can have a great impact on your life.
Yes is a powerful word: it is a word of decision and commitment, of acknowledgment and agreement. Whenever you say Yes, you move a relationship forward in positive ways. Peter and Andrew, James and John said Yes to being Jesus' disciples and their lives were changed forever. Yes opens doors to blessings in your life; it brings possibilities to you. But saying Yes requires commitment and follow-through. If we don't have the commitment than our Yes can end up being a No. Captain Scott Southworth said Yes to adopting an Iraqi orphan and changed his life forever. When we say Yes to God is not about being acceptable it is about being available. You will never regret saying Yes to God.
In order to say Yes you have to learn to say No. We can't say Yes to everything, so we have to say No to some things. To receive the best things you have to say No to the good things. A Not-To-Do List is just as necessary as a To-Do List. Having boundaries is the best way to communicate No. A boundary is simply an emotional property line so people understand you. They can be both defining and protective. Boundaries bring clarity and reality to relationships. They do not mean you are selfish. They simply communicate expectations and as well as consequences.
These two words have the power to heal any relationship. They can change a marriage, a family or a team. I'm Sorry clears the way to a relationship with God. Confessing our past sins, mistakes and failures opens the door to God's forgiveness and grace. We are then able to say I'm Sorry to others we have offended. So much anger and hurt is the result of no one being willing to say I'm Sorry. Granting forgiveness is as important as asking for it. Forgiveness is giving up the right to be hateful and judgmental. It is an act of the will, we choose to ask for and receive forgiveness. The deeper your understanding of God's grace the easier it is to forgive.
I'M PROUD OF YOU
These words do not get spoken nearly enough. We think that if we say them too much the person might get an inflated ego or they already know it so we don't need to say it. We have the idea you can only say I'm Proud of You to someone younger than us or someone who works for us. These words can be spoken by anyone -- young or old, boss or employee, coach or athlete. Saying I'm Proud of You is encouraging and can take place in the home, school or office. We can always praise progress not wait for perfection. John Wesley encouraged William Wilberforce when he was ready to give up the fight against slavery in Great Britain. His words kept Wilberforce in the fight till he ultimately succeeded. Encouragement at the right time can make all the difference in a person's life.
Your attitude toward life and people changes when you are thankful. We tend to count our problems instead of our blessings. Thankfulness will cause you to be more positive, gracious and loving. Your relationships will get better by saying Thank You and being thankful. Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like buying a gift and not giving it. We need to give thanks quickly and consistently. A verbal Thank You will always work well. Giving a gift is a great way to show appreciation. And writing a Thank You note allows the person to save it and read it again. Proverbs 15:4 says, "Kind words are good medicine." Just 10 words can heal your life and others. Use them often.