How To Be Relevant in Your Communications

Disgusted and frustratedIt seems obvious enough, but somehow, this issue of relevant and effective communication gets lost when it comes to communicating spiritual matters.

When you are in a computer store, shopping for a new computer, your salesperson will assess where you are in your knowledge of electronics and speak to you accordingly so that you can buy-in to why this product is the one for you.  He will never get the sale if he speaks to you in the same manner that he speaks to his geekish friends, because he wants the sale! He knows instinctively that if you confuse the customer or make them feel stupid that there’s no way they will buy from you. They will save face, pretend to know what you are talking about, turn, and walk out the door with their dignity intact.

Are You Relevant? To Whom?

Reaping what was sownAs I shared some thoughts with a friend through a series of emails, this moment stuck out to me the most in our discussions about how to communicate and make a difference with those who we love and care about. The following rose up in my spirit and I’d like to share it with you here, as well as a few additional thoughts I’ve had for quite some time now …

NONE OF US must fall into the trap of taking our walk with the Lord for granted.  EACH OF US WILL reap what we sow and WE ARE responsible for the witness we give before God and Man.

My Journey … Part 5

Perhaps the most unsettling thing I’ve encountered in my Christian walk has been thinking that I had something figured out – only to discover there was ‘more to the story’.

Shannon as a childAs a young Baptist girl, I was taught the belief of “once saved, always saved.” That blanket statement stayed with me for years – even though that wasn’t even logical. I believed it and that was it. I trusted everything they told me in church.  After all, they said it was “God’s Word.”

My Journey … Part 4

Fast forward many years…

Shannon singing during praise and worshipI’m standing on the platform with the praise team. Singing is a joy to me, and unlike my cartooning talent, my musical talent is passable, but not nearly as gifted or refined.

As the pastor’s wife, I felt incredibly honored and blessed to be working with one of the most gifted musicians and musical mentors I’ve ever met. Our worship leader was one of those rare individuals who listen deeply – not just at the notes you are singing, but at who you are as an individual. He was a teacher of music in the school system too, which completely makes sense, because he had an uncanny ability to bring out the best in everyone and create harmony not only in music but with the individuals themselves.

My Journey … Part 3

We were on a trip to the mountains for a church event and the student-teacher said, “I saw someone speak in tongues at a conference last week.” (That was the first I had ever heard of that term)

Shannon as a child“What did that look like?” I asked, trying to picture more than one tongue flipping around in someone’s mouth…

I had questions … so many questions … and my journey started getting interesting and humorous, and quite painful at times.

My Journey … part 2

Raised in the Conservative Baptist Church, I was taught that once we are saved we are always saved. One Sunday, at about the age of seven, the Sunday School teacher was explaining that to us in class.

Shannon as a child
Shannon as a child goofing off in a photo booth.

It didn’t seem possible, so I asked her, “If this is true, then what happens if I get saved, and then decide I don’t want to have anything to do with Jesus. I murder, steal and hate people until the day I die. Will I still go to heaven??