BY KEVIN WELBORN
I have now officially been without my full voice for two weeks. At this point I can communicate clearly, but depending on the time I either sound like Whoopi Goldberg or a pubescent Peter Brady. It is irritating, infuriating, and irksome. With the heat of the Saharan sun do I scorn my current deficient vocal aptitude!!!
Being able to speak as a pastor is fairly, you know, important.
As a general rule, I do not think that I talk that much. When a subject in which I am interested is broached, I will surely jump into that conversation. Or, there are times when it is nice just to say your piece to a willing listener and let go of some thoughts be they consequential or not.
Whether you are reserved or a chatterbox, let me encourage you to remember there is a large difference in having something to say, and in having to say something.
I can think of two specific examples of men that I know or have known that rarely spoke a word.
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My oldest daughter is inquisitive to say the least. Daily, I have to explain a myriad of principles of the universe to her. She NEEDS to know these things. Too often, my explanations are not sufficient for her. I apologize for my lack of knowledge in the areas of astronomy, thermodynamics, and My Little Pony.
The hardest question she ever asks is, “why?”. Sunday we were discussing the Hebrew name for God, YHWH. I don’t remember the catalyst for this conversation, but she mispronounced the name and I corrected her. In her opinion, YHWH is a funny sounding name. I responded with, “Well, it is a Hebrew name and not an English one.”
She then drops a “why” bomb on me. Why is it Hebrew? It just is. I had, nor have, any better explanation than that.
Why is a 403(b) different than a 401(k)? Why are there all these parentheses in these terms? Did I have to google the plural from of parenthesis? And why are there bears and bulls in our stock market? Is it because bulls are better stewards of their money than bears are? Vice versa? They are both terrifying in their own way, I don’t want to ignite the ire of either!
Some people who read this blog will be able to respond to those stock market questions. For those educated or experienced in finance, these would be fairly simple to answer.
But, the “why” of the matter is often more difficult and complex.
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