Is Venting Necessary?

“I just need to vent for a minute.” Lately, I feel like those words are used often. I feel like venting is necessary. It allows me the moment to express how frustrated I am. I feel it’s somewhat therapeutic. I’ve been carrying the weight of the world around, and I just want to talk about all of my issues and have someone agree with me that what is happening is insane. But after I have finished my complaining I realize that I don’t really have a solution nor do I feel any better. I’ll be stuck in my same situation but I now I have this angry, negative cloud over surrounding me. Venting seemed necessary, but I realize it’s actually kind of destructive.

This month’s issue of Autumn Magazine is focused on Speaking Things Into Existence. A while ago I heard a sermon that Joyce Meyers was preaching about this very lesson. I believe it was based on the scripture, Death and life is in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21), but Joyce had made a statement that really stuck with me. It was something like, You say what you think and what you say is what you do, and what you do is who you are. Interesting, right? I had come to the realization that the things I say might actually produce bad results, so I had made up my mind to start speaking positivity in my life and not venting about the bad. Although this was a step forward, I never considered trying to control my thoughts.

Even in one's silence, there is destruction. If in your mind you contemplate on the bad and fear for the worse you’re allowing destruction to have a voice and control in your life. I know it's hard not to talk about it, and I’m not saying the answer is ignoring your problems but inviting more negativity around the issue can and will only make it worse.  So, what are you supposed to do?  Practice having a mind of positivity. Look at the brighter side of things instead of dwelling on the bad. We all have a choice, so choose to be happy, choose to have positive, optimistic, Godly thoughts 

Just remember, you are what you think - ”For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7)