Be Clear and Be Available

It’s the same for you. If you speak to people in words they don’t understand, how will they know what you are saying? You might as well be talking into empty space. There are many different languages in the world, and every language has meaning. But if I don’t understand a language, I will be a foreigner to someone who speaks it, and the one who speaks it will be a foreigner to me. And the same is true for you. Since you are so eager to have the special abilities the Spirit gives, seek those that will strengthen the whole church. – 1 Corinthians 14:9-12 NLT

One of the most important things as a preacher, teacher, writer and/or speaker, etc. is clarity. Even our daily relationships need a good dose of clarity. We need to be clear on what one another is saying or feeling. In regards to who you minister to, manage, or work with we need to be communicating in a way that our hearers, leaders, and subordinates or peers can understand. The only way for people to know what we expect or what we are saying is to speak in words (communicate in such a way) which they can understand. Not communicating in a way others can easily understand is the same as shouting out into an empty space. You’ll get no reply. Here are a few things I am learning.

Be clear in your speaking / teaching. Every time you get up to speak the truth of God be clear and know who your talking to. Know your audience.

Be available for the Holy Spirit to use but seek those things which will have the biggest return. Don’t get any preconceived ideas but earnestly pray that God would use you in order to impact the whole church as opposed to just one. Never get into the pulpit or classroom with just one person in mind. More than likely they won’t be there that day. Speak in order to strengthen all, not some.

Be clear and be available. Keep Pursuing.

Sometimes I Act The Part Of A Fool

Sometimes I have the habit of acting the part of a fool and it’s not a good thing. This morning as I was reading Proverbs I was pricked just a bit. At times pressure gets to me and I can fly off the handle. For example, take the trip up to Sumter and an experience I had with a cup of coffee. Long story short, my wife brought me out a cup of coffee from the store, It wasn’t the right size. They failed to fix it the way I asked for it, and they put a frozen drink lid on the cup of to go coffee. I was hot, I get a little ticked when someone asks me what I want, I tell them, then they proceed to get it completely wrong. (BTW…I wasn’t angry at my wife, but the people fixing the drink who failed to fix it how she asked..) But, we all make mistakes don’t we… I REALLY need to remember this.

So, in the parking lot I expressed my dissatisfaction about the coffee in a rant in which one of the individuals that were with us asked the question… “do you think if there were non-Christians around, a positive example would have been set, and could it have opened up to conversation about Christ.” OUCH… Okay I was wrong, I eventually apologized to those that were around me when I blew up because of a wrong lid, and failed order….STUPID thing to get upset about in the first place. Luckily we were in the parking lot my little outburst was only around the people in my party and not directed at any of the staff to their face, but really does it matter who our outburst are around, if it’s your friends or strangers.

Don’t act the part of a fool. Thanks God for the reminder…

“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control…” – Proverbs 29:11