Monday, February 23, 2015

The Oscars: How to Give a Great Acceptance Speech


"The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions." Proverbs 10:11 (NLT)

It's amazing how a little statue make people influential with their words. Last night, after Downton Abbey of course, my husband and I watched the Oscars. My favorite part is the acceptance speeches because with every speech a message was sent all over the world. 

You and I may or may not have that same platform but the one we do have you probably already used today. The first platform to be influential with our words we all have is our home. This morning I have used my platform to set the course of the day for my family. I believe that the more I use the Bible in my daily speech, the better the chances of my family receiving life-giving words that will make a Godly impact. 

The second platform we have to be influential with our words is the media. Each word typed, each video recorded or shared can be life-giving or death-giving. There's no in between. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21) so I'm either influencing you to succeed or to fail. You and I might not be on a glamorous stage holding an enviable statue in hand but in a way we are. What kind of acceptance speech will you give today at home and in the media?

Life will throw you Awards and Awkward Situations today. You have no choice but to accept it. That acceptance is quickly followed by a speech of some sort. Case and point: a few weeks ago my oldest son started throwing up. To make matters worse, my husband and I had a big performance together. What an awkward situation! For my acceptance speech, I chose the life-giving words of a prayer. I prayed God's healing over him and I prayed to God that no one else in the family would get sick. I also journaled that prayer. In social media that day, I chose to use my influence to spread hope by posting Bible verses. I understood that if my acceptance speech had a fearful undertone, I would not be doing anyone a favor. God in His faithfulness healed my son and no one else got sick so my husband and I performed together for the honor and glory of His name.
Today I pray that my words will be a life-giving fountain. I pray that as I accept the Awards or Awkward Situations life gives me, I will have an acceptance speech worthy of a faith-filled Believer in a God who is good, loving and wise. 

Choosing life-giving words are not meant to pretend that life's situations don't suck sometimes. It simply puts me in a place where my character can be molded into a more mature believer. If we can choose it, we can change it. We get to choose our words so let's change them to life-giving fountains. 

What will your acceptance speech be today?

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