Reflections On The Journey
|Posted on July 29, 2022 at 10:45 AM|
Monday Meditation – Words 7/25/2022
Have you ever felt tongue-tied, and not sure of what to say? That has happened to me on a number of occasions. One thing that helped was participation in Toastmasters, where I gained confidence that I could even speak about a subject I knew little about.
But what about the times when someone needs comforting? Sometimes I struggle with what words would be appropriate for their situation and yet encouraging. I don’t want to inadvertently make their situation worse by using poor words or not saying anything when words would help.
And how about when I am called upon to share my faith? I know the subject, and I do know what I can say, but I may feel hesitant about talking about faith. After all, religion is one of those topics considered to be “taboo” in many circles.
Why am I afraid to speak even though I have speaker training? Am I afraid that someone will pooh-pooh my words, or get angry at me, or worse? Yes, that is probably accurate. In my country, people do have the freedom of speech, and yet there are still many instances when people are condemned when they proclaim or live their beliefs which disagree with the beliefs of others.
In Matthew 10:16-20, Jesus states: “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”
This has happened to me! I have been in situations very concerned about what I was to say, but somehow the right words seemed to just pop into my mind. Once a young man stopped me in the gathering space at my church after mass and spoke to me about his struggle with God due to certain things that had happened in my life. I was completely unprepared for this encounter, yet I believe God gave me good words to say so I was able to share my faith with him in a way he found helpful.
Another time I spent a few hours with a friend who was going through something very devastating. In that instance I was not given a lot of words to say, but I was able to be a calming presence for her by holding her hand and wrapping my arms around her as she cried.
I don’t think these were coincidences! God knows better than I do about what is right to say or not say. Sometimes God gives us the right words to say, and sometimes He just prompts us to be present.
Do you struggle sometimes with what words to say in certain situations? We’ve all been there. If you have a good relationship with God, trust in Him that He will give you the best words to say, or the strength to say little but just be there. This blessing from God is also probably the blessing the other person needs as well.
Have a blessed Monday!
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