I have something to say in most any situation. I’m a communicator. I entered my first oratorical contest in the fourth grade. Sponsored by the local Optimist Club. I went to the state competition several times in the northern part of Virginia where my southern drawl was prominent among the contestants. Conveying my speech in a dynamic way to the judges was important to me—hoping the accent was not an issue in getting my topic across.
Engaging audience members with a strong introduction, keeping them “reeled-in” throughout the speech, and wowing them with a motivational closing statement is a love. It’s the place I thrived—elementary school through college. The place I thrive today.
Communicating a passion, a dream, an opinion on a social issue, a personal life experience, and God’s truth in a message verbally or in print is important to me. Often asking others to “hear me out” on something.
When someone listens to us—we feel valuable. It’s a need we all have. How much are we listening to others compared to doing the talking? Always having something to say. A need to get our point across. Giving our opinion or advice in every situation.
Constant chatter from us—may be drowning out one important voice. “The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.” Psalm 29:4
Can our children, spouse, family members, friends, co-workers, and co-laborers in ministry hear God’s voice when they can only hear ours? Can they hear God speaking if we are always crowding out His voice with our voice? “God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend.” Job 37:5
“Can you hear me now?” ~ God
*Quote used by permission. For more information on Dianne Barker: diannebarker.com
*Pictured are my niece and nephew, Claire and Parker
© 2014 by Karen Friday
June 5, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Uncategorized