To speak or not to speak, that is the question.
Well, at least that is the question for me and the first thing that popped in my mind when I saw the writing prompt for #livefree Thursday.
You see we are in the middle of studying our words over here at Faithfully Following using Karen Ehman’s book, Keep It Shut and the scriptures. Truth be told it’s a messy topic. Our toes are aching from all the stomping. And I’m finding that just as there are times that I am better not to speak, there are times when I need to speak. And this is where being brave comes into the equation.
Can I give an example? One day while out on a walk with a great group of gals the conversation went from pleasant to poison. The words being spoken were clearly going from informative to gossip. My heart was saying, speak up! Just simply say, Hey girls, let’s change the topic, this is starting to turn into gossip.
But I wasn’t brave enough to let the words slip from my mouth.
What would they think?
Would they ever invite me again?
Gossip. It destroys. It hurts. It causes harm.
On that day when I wanted to be brave and speak out I chose to keep it shut at the wrong time. There was no need for a harsh reprimand, just a gentle reminder that our conversation had blown off course. While I didn’t add any words to the conversation I was doing more harm than good by keeping it shut.
And when I read a part of a prayer shared in Karen’s book I realized that there are times I need God to help me be brave.
May I be brave enough to speak when I would rather run away.
(Keep It Shut, Karen Ehman, Page 20)
I need to be brave and I need sisters who are brave.
I recall a time when I was headed down the wrong path. I was headed straight to destruction. I needed a friend to gently redirect me. Instead I was encouraged to proceed in the wrong direction. Now, I’m not blaming anyone for my own mistake. I take ownership. But there are times when we must be brave and share the truth. There are times we need someone to share the truth in love with us.
“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you”
There are times when we need to take a deep breath and be brave enough to speak truth in love.
And see that part, “just between the two of you”. Don’t leave that part out. That makes our words sweet and filled with life!
I want to be brave.
Do you want to be brave? Leave a comment and tell me, we would love to pray for you!
I’ve jumped off ledges on high ropes courses. I’ve done treacherous white water rafting. Jumped from huge boulders into rivers. Stood on stages to proclaim the love of Christ.
May I be brave enough to speak up when I would rather run away!