“Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.” (2 Timothy 2:16)
My son recently asked me, “Mom, why do you talk to people all the time?” I gave him a long explanation of it being in my genes. My grandmother was a woman who would bake a pie or a cake and call people walking down the road to come sit on her porch, have a piece of dessert, and tell her about her problems–so she could pray for them. My mother is the same way, constantly encouraging anyone, anywhere.
Within a few days of his question, my son and I were just walking down an aisle at Walmart and a man stopped me to ask about cooking oils. I told him I didn’t know much but ten minutes later my son was sitting on the floor with his chin in his hands rolling his eyes. “I didn’t even try to have a conversation with him,” I said. “People just want to talk sometimes.”
It is easy to get into “godless chatter” with friends or strangers, but lately I find it is becoming harder. God has given me such blessings and even when I feel He is withholding blessings from me, I would rather draw closer to Him than pull away. Which means, I can’t help but talk about Him.
Have you ever heard a woman speak who has just fallen in love? She can’t speak a sentence without mentioning his name. “Joe says, Joe went, when I was telling Joe about this, Joe’s mom says, and then Joe. . . ”
This is how it is with God. When He is our Savior, our love, our foundation, we shouldn’t be able to speak without mentioning Him, His love, His creations, His gifts, and His joy.
I hear from many of you who share your faith with doctors, nurses, technicians, and other patients. How easily we could just talk of our body’s pain, but it is hard to speak of just our body without mentioning the Creator of it. It is only natural for me to tell a nurse, “I have been in a lot of pain, but God has been faithful to get me through this week.”
Or, “I knew I had to be up early to get here, but God has a sense of humor because He kept me up all night.”
Just yesterday I put a box of brownie mix on the checkout belt and it burst open. The checker ran to get me another and I said “But that’s God’s way of telling me I shouldn’t be eating that.” The checker and the other customers all started laughing. It was light-hearted, not theologically deep, but perhaps it was the only time they heard someone mention God’s name yesterday.
Are you in love with the Lord? Then mention His name–frequently.
Prayer: God, as I speak to those around me, from strangers, to doctors, to my family, let Your name be in my tongue. Let me be unable to see the world without the lens of You and Your love and concern for us all. Amen.
About the author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and she lives in San Diego with her husband and son. She is gradually learning how to balance motherhood, family, illness, and ministry, but she still knows it will be a lifetime lesson. You can see the books she has written, including, Why Can’t I Make People Understand? at the Rest Ministries shop.
Do you speak easily with others? Do you share about God’s faithfulness? How could you improve in this area?
I like this song (the groove) as well as the lyrics; it’s called “You Are Not Forgotten” with Israel Houghton. Too few people have anyone who will just listen to them, who will smile or offer a compliment, even if it is “thanks for holding the door open for me.” When I talk to strangers and start conversations, it is my way of trying to make sure they know they are not forgotten. -Lisa