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Think About It … or Talk About It

Leadership / Personal Development //

 I often have times when God puts a phrase in my head and it becomes a banner over everything I do and think for a month or so. (Tell me, please, that you have that happen, also.) Right now, the presence of “Are you going to think about it or are you going to talk about it?” is the whisper I’m hearing all the time. As a Christian of many years (that’s a nicer way of saying “old”), it’s really easy to keep my praise silent—to smile on the inside when I notice God’s hand at work. It’s comfortable to think about the scriptures I’m memorizing and let them soak into my thoughts. It seems that I pray over almost everything in my day, but that’s just between me and God.
As I watch Bowen and Kendall, now 4 years old, I’ve had a revelation. They can’t read my mind! They don’t know what I am silently praising God for. They’re not aware that I’m memorizing scripture just like they do. They are not witness to me reading my Bible, because I do it in private. So, how are they supposed to know how important the Lord is in my life if I don’t talk about it? How are they supposed to know how passionate I am about living each moment in step with His Word if it’s a private party? I don’t think I should assume that they’re just going to “get it” because I’m thinking it.
So, I’ve made a little resolution that I’m going to say a lot more of what I’m thinking when it comes to my adventure with the Lord. I’m going to try to use a simple short sentence to point out the God moments as they happen and speak the prayers that my heart is voicing. An old habit needs to be broken and a new discipline needs to be established. I believe the children in my life will benefit from my talking rather than me just thinking. I believe it will help them sense that God really is present in every part of my life, and can be in theirs, as well.

What do you keep to yourself—think about—that you need to start talking about?

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Tina Houser is the Editor of K! Magazine and creates This iKnow church curriculum. She absolutely loves speaking at churches and events to equip those who work in children’s ministry and spends most of her weekends doing just that. Visit www.tinahouser.net or tinapoint.blogspot.com.