"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

10/3/11

Be Heard

Living by Grace
This week, Vonnie is hosting Monday Manna, so be sure to pop over to My Back Door and read the other entries, and link up if you want to participate. And we're also discussing this post at Living By Grace today. Would love to have you join the discussion there!

Here's today's verse:

"Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound the alarm in my holy mountain; let the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand." (Joel 2:1)
My husband often complains that I don't talk loud enough. If I'm not facing him, he can't hear what I say. And maybe I do mumble some - and talk to him as I walk away. But I still want him to hear. So that's what counts, right?

Maybe not.

If we want someone to hear what we have to say, we need more than intentions. We need more than to want folks to hear what we have to say. We need to take steps to make sure they can hear us. We need to be sure we're speaking the same language. We need to get their attention, and impress on them the importance of what we're telling them. Otherwise, all that talking will be for naught.

And what can we say that is more important than God's message to us - His message of hope, and His message of judgement? I want to tell unbelievers about the salvation, hope, and peace they can have in Christ Jesus - and the disastrous results that can occur if they aren't in Him. But if I mumble, or talk to the wall, my wanting won't do a thing.

If I stand in the middle of a noisy, crowded room and share Jesus in an "inside voice," I might as well have kept my mouth shut. If my message is important, I need to make sure I'm heard.
No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16
So I raise my voice. I "blow the trumpet." I "sound the alarm."I "put it on a stand." And THEN I share my news - His news. And people will hear me.

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5 comments:

  1. Joanne, I know I can't stay quiet when I know God is nudging me to speak. I think fear keeps my mouth closes. Great post on opening up and speaking! :)

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  2. Great reminder, Joanne! The Lord has entrusted us with His gospel message - your post really challenges me to speak up and speak clearly so others WILL hear! Wonderful post!

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  3. I have a voice that really carries–ideal for seniors' meetings! People hear me whatever I say so I'd better be saying the best things!

    Great reminder.

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  4. Intentions are not enough. As much as I like to think they are, they aren't.

    Thanks for this, Jo.
    Hugs!

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  5. Blow your trumpet Joanne!

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