Research tells us that 70% of our communication is non-verbal. Some of it is inflection and tone. The core way we communicate is by the language of our bodies. We tell a story, often screaming, by our stance, motion, and movements. Research goes on to make a case that our bodies will always tell the truth, at least in the initial instant of a question or situation. Despite these facts, most (at least I) only worry about the words we utter. I like to believe my controls use of words, my measured delivery, and my calm demeanor tell the story I want others to hear.
In the quietness of a new morning, I worry about the language of my life. I have told some ugly tales. I have responded in judgment instead of compassion. The language of my soul does not match the language of my heart. Sadly, the conversation did not end with those visible. What did my body say to God? If I look with open eyes, it is simply ugly.
There are two slivers of good news. First, today is a new day. We can start new conversations. We can align our heart with our souls. We can let others know how important they are to us.
Second, God offers us a blunt conversation. “Make your case against me [God]. Let's have this out. Make your arguments. Prove you're in the right.” (Isaiah 43.26) We need to be honest with each other. I, God, know the true story; do you?
The question is this; what changes? Will I acknowledge my words? Will I take responsibility for what I have and continue to say? Will I do, say anything different.
My advice is to remember an old piece of wisdom. Words come from our souls, not from our mouths. If you want to change your words, change your soul. I find myself reaching out to God, giving him my ordinary life. In turn, I discover God’s touch changing me from the inside out. Today is an opportunity to let God’s Spirit run free.
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