“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” Mark 11:22-23(NIV)
In my 40+ years of life, I have noticed something that I know is true but can’t explain how it happens. I wish I could.
It’s about confession.
I have tested again and again that the things I tell myself, good or bad, end up happening more often than not. How it all works, I don’t know.
Some have explained it from the spiritual perspective, some from metaphysics, and others have tried to mystify it.
Whatever angle you come at it from, there is some verified truth in the fact that we become what we confess.
About four years ago I modified my life’s mission statement from “Transforming Lives” to “Developing Leaders of Business and Mission.” The following week, one of my best employees quit, to start his own business. And since that time, seven of my best employees have left to start their own flourishing businesses and organizations.
When I look at what they do today, it’s an exact replica of everything I taught them. Did I want them to leave? Absolutely not. They were the best. Did I confess their departure? Certainly yes!
What does “developing leaders” mean if they are not going to leave and lead their own thing? This is just one of the many things that have come true in my life just by a simple exercise of confession.
Peter couldn’t be more surprised in Mark 11:22, when he realizes that the tree Jesus had cursed had actually dried up. But Jesus’ reply was even more surprising.
He says, “if you have faith you can even speak to mountains to move.” Speak? Yes, speak, confess, utter some commanding or declarative words and the thing happens.
Amon Munyaneza is a Rwandan entrepreneur, consultant and change-maker, who is passionate about helping individuals and organizations grow professionally and economically.