3/3 What is a common misconception about you?
Words are special. We have a thing. Words and me. I love writing them, saying them, thinking them and even singing them if I'm alone in my car. Words can infuse crazy life into this world if we use them well, use them wisely. They can also wreak havoc if we are careless with them. Because of the nature of my work I listen to a lot of words and speak a fair amount back. I'm texting words, emailing words, and re-thinking spoken words all-day, every-day. Most of us are. It's the world we live in.
A common misconception about me has to do with words. I will often hear something along the lines of- 'you always know what to say.' This is equally kind and terrifying to me. Because I don't. I have no idea what to say. Daily I will lose my breath at the opportunity to speak into a life and the weight that can hold. I say the wrong thing all the time. Wrongly-used words will wake me up in the middle of the night.
When I first started working in ministry there was a teammate of mine named Josiah. He worked in the inner-city of Phoenix and I worked with all the beamer-driving high schoolers in North Scottsdale. Our work seemed worlds apart and yet I learned more from him than he probably could ever know.
When a question was proposed in staff meetings or a lull in conversation, I would speak up. Young pup, and eager worker- hoping to impress. After a few months of this, I noticed Josiah hardly ever said anything. He listened intently. He was very present in the meetings, and yet his mouth remained shut. This confused and intrigued me like crazy. But I can still remember a moment when he opened his mouth- convicted about something being discussed. The room halted. We seemed to collectively hold our breaths and hang on every word spoken. I will never forget that moment. Josiah's words were palpably powerful because he didn't over-use them.
I want to be like Josiah. If someone expresses the conception that I always know what to say- I want to immediately give credit to the Holy Spirit supernaturally wiggling words out of me. And next, I want to point to the fact that my words are rarer than they used to be. I want to stop talking just to fill space and instead use words for meaning. For building-up. For life.
The verse I always return to when it comes to words is this one. Spoken by my Jesus and so convicting of where our words originate...
What about you? What is a common misconception about you? Talk to your people about that today or leave a comment below...