When I look back at one of my favorite childhood reading books, I distinctly remember the American folktale entitled, ‘The Little Engine That Could.’ This story back then and still today is used to teach children the value of optimism (postive thinking), tenacity, and perseverance (James 1:1-2).
If you remember the story, in this tale, a long train must be pulled over a high mountain after its locomotive breaks down. Larger locomotives, treated anthropomorphically, are asked to pull the train; for various reasons but they refuse. The request is sent to a little small engine, who agrees to give it try. Surprisingly, the little engine succeeds in pulling the train over the mountain while repeating the motto: “I-think-I-can”.
You see, the stranded train was unable to find an engine willing to take it on over difficult terrain to its destination. Only the little engine was willing to try and, while repeating the mantra “I think I can, I think I can”, overcomes a seemingly impossible task.
Contextually, this story reminds me of the battle between David and Goliath. Just imagine the level of optimism that David possessed when he stood against the Philistines 9 foot giant (I Samuel 17).
I don’t know what plight, obstacle, or terrain you might be needing to overcome today, however I do know that Proverbs 18:21 reminds us, “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”
What you tell yourself EVERYDAY will either lift you up or tear you down. Therefore, I encourage you to SPEAK LIFE!