Speak

Ecclesiastes 3:7 says there is 'a time to be silent and a time to speak,' 

I am an introvert by nature.  I know, it's kind of weird that I'm an introvert and a minister at a church around people all the time.  My natural inclination is to fade into the corner and blend in and be quiet. 

I have had to learn over the years that there are times when God wants me to overcome my fear and to speak.  If it's something that I feel God wants me to say, it normally comes as a strong, recurring thought and my heart begins to race.  There is a fear that wants to stop me from speaking up or sharing and it's only by faith and trust in God that I step out and obey. 

A famous quote that has often challenged me says, "The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing."  Indeed, the very first man, Adam, proved this quote true.  In case you've never realized it, Adam was physically present, beside Eve, on that fateful day when she was deceived and ate the fruit.  Adam was silent.  If there was ever a time to step up and speak, that was his moment.

So if you're an introvert like me or struggling with speaking up, I challenge you to take that step of faith.  We need Dads to open their mouths and speak truth into their children and wives.  We need Christian employees to speak up during planning times and times of determining the direction of businesses.  We need women to speak up and lovingly help steer conversations away from gossip and divisiveness.  We are all called to 'speak the truth in love' in the circles of influence God has placed us.

in Christ,

Brian