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.
As 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.
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’.
As 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.”
Fast forward many years ….
I’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. Joe Sanford is one of those rare individuals who listens deeply – not just at the notes you are singing, but at who you are as an individual. He teaches music in the school system too, which completely makes sense, because he has an uncanny ability to bring out the best in everyone and creates a harmony not only in music but with the individuals themselves.
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)
“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.
I experienced the in-filling of the Holy Spirit at age 18 and was warned this was something that was not of God – and asked to leave the only church I had known since birth.