Say Nothing Negative

Therefore don't be anxious, saying, 'What will we eat?', 'What will we drink?' or, 'With what will we be clothed?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first God's Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore don't be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day's own evil is sufficient. Matthew 6:31-34 WEB

We sat quietly at the dinner table while we ate our food. Normally we talked and laughed, but tonight we were both worried about tomorrow. We had found a lien on our property for a tax bill that we never owed, but it had accumulated late fees until it was now more than we had. Disputing it was going to be a challenge in the least because it was over a decade old.

What could we do? We called the state tax office to begin a dispute and they explained that the record was so old that it had been archived and removed from their system. They would have to restore it from a backup, and that would be an overnight process, so told us to call back tomorrow.

My wife Sylvia and I sat down together and prayed over the situation, and I heard three words: 'Say nothing negative.' It was the only word for that day, so we stood on it and just said nothing at all, because my every single thought was negative. It was very difficult to not whine and complain and talk about all the different scenarios and the 'what if' that may happen. We managed to restrain ourselves, and ate our food in silence.

After a night of silence, the morning came and we called the department of revenue back. To our surprise, the tax office was extremely polite and had cleared the lien. We owed them nothing. They took care of all of the paperwork and explained that because we never owed the original tax bill, we did not owe the late fees and penalties either.

Do not worry about tomorrow. Pray and try to follow the Lord as best you can today, even though you don't understand. Let tomorrow worry about itself. One word from God changes everything. Many times, the things that we are worried about will never come to pass, unless we open our mouth and invite it.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for being on my side. Please give me the grace to say nothing negative and remind me that the words I speak matter, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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