If you got to know me in real life, you’d eventually notice a bit of an odd quirk to my personality: the way I talk about people behind their backs, is exactly the same way I talk about them to their face. If you hear me say, “Jerry’s driving me crazy” and you see Jerry walk up behind me, you’d hear me say, “Now Jerry, bless your heart you’ve got to give me a break because you’re working my very last nerve, you know I love you, but dang Jerry.”
For some folks, that wouldn’t feel like the Christian way to handle it. But here’s the thing: Jerry knows where he stands with me, and he knows that I mean what I say. Therefore, when I tell Jerry I love him, he believes it. Jerry knows he’s driving everyone else crazy, but none of those “Christians” have the guts to tell him so. In the end, Jerry wonders if just maybe I’m the only real Christian in his life.
This idea is not original to me. It comes, of course, from The Bible. Romans 12:9 says “love must be sincere.” But when it says that word ‘sincere,’ it doesn’t mean what we might expect.
Unka Glen Fitzjerrell in the December Bridge Box Devotional
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“You’re not the only person like you. Those fears and insecurities you feel are things we’re all fighting, deep down. Don’t try to do this alone. Don’t be afraid to trust someone to help you carry your burdens. Being open and honest is hard, but it’s necessary. We need each other. You need people who know you and are willing to pray for you and hold you up.”—Lee Younger (via absolutelyinlovewithhim)
But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” (NLT) ( Exodus 4:10 )
In a culture that promotes extroversion, people who are introverted can get drowned out. If you are an introvert, remember that you have special abilities such as listening, creativity, compassion and a peacefulness that spreads to others. Like Moses, you can be a great leader too. Seek God in your quiet time and allow Him to use your unique talents to do His will.