“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are glad.” –verses 2-3
I am the worst recruiter ever. Someone asked about my church, and I threw out ever obstacle that might make that person uncomfortable. Miraculously, she still wanted to come. Rather than speak to why I chose it, why I felt God calling me to stay there, and the changes I have felt in our short time of existence, I just didn’t want her to be disappointed. She wasn’t.
It was a moment for me to reflect on how I speak of things. In an effort for someone to feel unsurprised by their experience, what am I saying? And who am I to think that “unsurprised” is the preferred state of being?
After church, we went to lunch and I shared with her the other things mentioned above. What I was learning, how I was changing, where God was moving…it wasn’t the “unsurprised” that attracted her. It was the genuine desire for change, both in my own experience and in what she witnessed in the church experience.
The nations recognized God because His people spoke of His works. Check your language today. Rather than speak of obstacles, speak of what He is doing, how He is changing you. It may just be the most persuasive thing you say all day.
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