Almost four months after becoming a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, I am finally getting around to attending New Consultant Training. Better late than never, I guess! :-) Last night, we talked once again about the importance of creating affirmations.
Affirmations are an "I am" statement that reflects what you want to accomplish. I am a 4 quarter STAR, I am a Red Jacket, I am a Team Leader. The idea is that anything you say to yourself over and over will come to be. Subconsciously, you are training your mind to accept something as reality which you wish to achieve. The science is actually very sound on this. I remember going to a writing conference and listening to a writer talk about using this process to help her on her way to publication. Before falling asleep each night she would lay in bed and write in the air, "I am a writer. As human beings, our mind is our most powerful resource. The converse can be true too. If you look in the mirror each morning and tell yourself, "I am worthless", you're going to believe it.
What struck me most last night, however, was when my sales director made the comment that the phrase "I am" is the most powerful phrase in the English language. My mind immediately jumped to Exodus 3:14 when God says to Moses' inquiry of who God is:
"I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites, "I AM has sent me to you."
In this moment, God could have called out any number of phrases to identify himself: the Redeemer of Israel, the Creator of the Universe, the Author of Life, the Healer, the Rock, the Refuge.... Yet instead, God answers Moses' question with the most powerful phrase in probably any language--the ultimate affirmation--I AM. It is the answer to any question we might have, the end to any argument we may give, the hope in any circumstance we may find ourselves in.
"God, how am I going to get around this mountain?" God answers: "I AM!"
"God, how am I going to keep going after this setback?" God answers: "I AM!"
"God, where am I going to find an answer to this problem? God answers, "I AM!"
"God, where am I going to turn when this relationship, job, home, body I've put my faith in falls apart?"
God answers, "I AM!"
In Revelation 1:8 God puts the ultimate cap on his affirmation to Moses:
"I am the Alpha and the Omega...who was, and who is, and who is to come, the Almighty."
Do you need an affirmation today? Tell yourself this: "I am a beloved child of the great I AM!!"
Blessings and Peace,