NOTE: I am on a “retirement/anniversary” trip and will be out until late September. In the meantime, I’m sharing recycled DayBreaks for 2010. Thanks for your understanding!
From the DayBreaks archive, September 2010:
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:5-6
The way we say things, especially when it comes to acting as ambassadors (ones sent on a mission) for God, can be crucial. Consider this story about a woman who worked in an ophthalmology practice that specialized in LASIK eye surgery: “I am expected to comfort nervous patients. But prior to one operation, the patient was so frightened that she was actually shaking. Nothing I said seemed to calm her. So, after the doctor finished operating on her left eye, and before he began on the right, I wanted her to know the surgery was going well.
“There,” I said, patting her hand reassuringly, “Now you only have one eye left!”
Oops! When I worked in the high-tech world, we had our own language that we understood when we talked about computers and techonolgy: RAM, RGU, CCU, SDRAM, I/O, megahertz, etc. We knew what we were talking about and could understand each other perfectly well.
As Christians, we have our own language, too, and I fear we sometimes fail to connect with those who are not yet believers due to how we talk – and/or how we act. For example, in the recent couple of weeks, much was made of the pastor in Florida who planned a Koran burning at his church. His actions and plans drew the attention of people around the world – even the President weighed in on the matter. The pastor had a right, as an American, to say what he wanted to say – it is a freedom of speech issue. But was it wise to say and act as he did (or as it turns out, as he planned to)? What got more press: that one man’s actions, or the actions of thousands of pastors around the country and world who stood up and spoke the Word of God faithfully last Sunday? That which sensationalizes may get press – but it seldom, if ever, saves. We can never change the message – but the message can, and should, change us.
Perhaps you’ve been trying for a long time to talk with someone about Jesus – with little or no success. While that may be due to a variety of factors, it may be a problem with your words. Try a different approach…and above all, make sure that your life is living up to what your mouth is saying.
PRAYER: Jesus, fill our hearts with Your Spirit and our mouths with Your words of grace! In Jesus’ name, Amen.Copyright 2020 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>