I believe in God. It’s a powerful statement but what does it really mean? What does it mean to you? Does it give you a vision of an old man sitting on a cloud twisting his silver beard? Do you picture some ghost-like figure sitting on his thrown giving you instructions on how to live? I believe the word of the Lord can be presented in many different forms. You may like to see it as the written word given in the bible or through great leaders like Jesus Christ, and that’s perfect.
But what if the words YOU speak are an extension of the word of the Lord. Think about that for a second. What if the words YOU speak and the thoughts YOU hold were a part of God. Would you not choose your words more wisely and select the thoughts you hold in your own mind with more attention? If we are all a part of God and created in gods image then are our words not the word of the Lord. Are the words we speak to each other and to ourselves not a direct extension and expression of the spirit of the god that exists in all of us.
For 37 years I never felt connected to God in any way other than watching a few of my favorite athletes thanking God in few post-game interviews. I only attended church once in 13 years. I only visited that one time because I told my grandmother and my late grandfather that I would have my daughter baptized in the name of the Lord. 13 years is a long time, but I can stand here today and speak the word of the Lord because I have been given the gift of a new day. I can calmly and peacefully sit with God because I know he exists in all of us. He is with you now, he is within you now.
I believe God is expressed in our thoughts, the words we speak and the actions we take. God has given us all a great gift. The gift of choice. We all have the ability to choose our thoughts and to choose the words we speak to others and to ourselves. You all probably all very careful when choosing the words you say to others but are you really aware of the words you say to yourself. Words like I am depressed, I am angry, I can never do that. I have always heard the phrase, treat others how you would like to be treated. I truly believe in those words but what about the other side of that statement. How do you treat yourself when no one is watching? What words and thoughts do you use to describe yourself and what you are capable of accomplishing?
If you do not see God in the words you speak and the thoughts you hold, then you are missing a big piece of the puzzle of life. I am so grateful I don’t have all the pieces to this puzzle because I thankful for the journey to obtain them. I know that every day I rise is a new day with endless possibilities and each day is a gift from God. We go to church to be closer to God and to feel his presence but when you walk out through those doors does he stay seated at his man-made throne or does he come with you. Does he walk out that door with you? Does he exist in the words you speak?
The beautiful part of this question is you don’t have to decide. You just need to accept that the spirit of God exists within you. Not around you but within you. You may not be able to turn water into wine, but I believe you can change the negative thoughts you hold and the negative words you use. The only question that remains is which words will you choose to speak and think when you walk out through those doors and when you find yourself behind closed doors. You can take whatever you need from what I have written today because that is the beauty of thought and the power of God in action.
With the gift of choice and the resurrection of a new day, I believe your connection to God is closer than you think because God exists in how you think. I pray that when tackling your daily tasks this morning that you will do so with an understanding that God is with you always. He exists in every word you speak and in each thought, you hold. So the next time you ask yourself the question who am I, remember two significant words, I AM. The Word of the Lord.