Recently we told our boys that our little one has down syndrome. We explained what it meant and told them that while he would be able to do everything that they can do, it might take him a little longer and be harder to learn how to.
We waited for the reactions. We wondered what impact that this would have. With a shrug of his shoulders, my nine year old said “those words mean nothing to me” and went on to cuddling and playing with his baby brother. And that was the end of that. No barrage of questions, no concerns or worries evident. Those words mean nothing to my boys when it comes to their baby brother and they have not mentioned them since. The love that the boys have for their baby brother is unaffected, unchanged.
When we’re labelled by the world for something, for anything, we need to shrug our shoulders and say “those words mean nothing to me.” Those words could be your own medical diagnosis, they could be words of others belittling your faith, your abilities, your character. They could be words that darken your future or words that seem to frame your world. Shrug them off!
Instead declare the words that do matter – what God says about you and your situation. Speak God’s promises over your life. Make sure the words you say over your life match the future you want. That your soul and body would be strong. That you will prosper and know favour.
I know for my little chap – well everyday he gets told that he is strong and clever and that he will have the grace and favour of God and man in his life. (He’s told he is cute and gorgeous often too!)
“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13)
“Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.” (Matthew 21:21)
(Note: All evidence is currently proving that delay is not a factor with this little one! He’s a star!)