So....One day last week, I found myself in the middle of having a bad day. It seem like no matter what I did, the day just seemed to continue to get bad. I noticed I began to increasingly become irritable and I knew that no matter how hard I tried to not show it, others around me were starting to notice as well. I've mentioned before I really don't like to live out drama, I prefer to watch it on TV, so this was clearly becoming a problem for me. While sitting at my desk, Israel Houghton began to play in my earbuds. My ears zoomed in when he began to speak "Let the weak say I am strong and the poor say I am rich." "What?" In my simple mind, I said to myself, "Why would I say that I am strong if clearly I am not feeling that way. That's a lie, that's not "keeping it real". In the words of Jay, that's not "Keeping it 100, hitting the lottery."
I began to cognitively tussle and wrestle with this thought and start asking God for clarification because I clearly was not getting it. I mean "God, you don't want us to LIE do you?" was part of my dialogue with Him. After playing with this thought, I became still and continue with my misery-filled day. In the midst of the discomfort, I finally got my answer from God, "Irene, you are what you say you are and you shall have what you say you shall have. The power lies all in the tongue. The combination of the words that you speak and the faith you have is what brings manifestation." "Ohhh ok, I get it now, let's put this thing to the test, Jesus" was my response.
So immediately, I put a smile on my face and start speaking in a pleasant tone to everyone, while rolling the mental thought in my mind "I am having a wonderful day and I am truly happy." Almost miraculously, I started to notice that my day became better and brighter. Had the circumstances that caused me to label my day as bad, change? No, however my attitude and my thoughts towards it had. Let me tell you, that "keeping it real" stuff is not always a good thing. Sometimes, you just have to "Fake it til you make it!" Is that considered being fake? I guess to some it may be but I have incorporated it into my survival skills and if I can totally "keep it REALLY real" for a moment, it has helped me tremendously.