The Abundance Of The Heart

It's not hard to figure out what people are thinking.

You only have to listen to what they say.

Jesus said, “…out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Here are some things I've heard various people say over the last 48 hours:

  • “That drives me crazy.”
  • “You're breaking my heart.”
  • “He makes me so mad, I could kill him sometimes.”
  • “I just can't get a break.
  • “I'm such a loser.”

What's interesting about all of these things, is each of them were said in a tone of voice that seemed to indicate it was only a joke.

I wonder.

Is it harmless to say such derogatory things about ourselves, about others, about the quality of our life?

Or does saying such things reveal (perhaps even reinforce) what we really believe?

What do the words you say reveal to others about what's in your heart?

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at

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  • Thanks Ray – that’s a good reminder that we should watch what we say – it could become our reality. There’s a book called “Hung By The Tongue” also “As A Man Thinketh” – both are about the words we speak and the thoughts that go through our head. Monitor your thoughts and your mouth very carefully…ml
    Thanks again Ray

  • Oh, I feel really in need of reassessment! I admit to being one of those who speaks badly of himself. Surprise! My life is NOT the way I want it.

    Gee. I need to look into my heart better.

    Thank you for the lesson, Sir!

  • I love this one Ray, and have been aware of it since I was about 11 years old.

    Motivation speaker Skip Ross used to say this: “Thou shalt decree a thing out of thy mouth, and it shall be established unto thee! In other words, your subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between what is true or not true. So, watch out what you say.”

    I always do my best to only speak of things that I really want, or that I really mean.

    Even if I’m going to say something sarcastic, I use my creativity to phrase it in a positive way – that way, it’s still positive programming.

    Thanks for the reminder.