I sat down last night to write a post for today. But, I didn’t really have anything to say. Nothing on my list of blog post ideas jumped out at me, and I didn’t want to force anything. So, I figured I’d put it off until today. Obviously, it hasn’t gotten any better.
Or maybe it has. Because in the middle of having nothing to say, I realized something. It’s okay!
You see, I’m the kind of person who always wants to know the right thing to say. I want to be able to answer questions that are posed to me. I want to know just the right words to say to encourage someone else. I want to give advice that will unlock the solution to someone else’s problems.
I want to teach and speak in a way that will hold people’s attention and truly get the point across. I want my words to not just communicate but build in others a passion for the Lord. And I want my written words to inspire, motivate, encourage, and be just what someone needs to read.
But, the truth is that I can’t be that person. I can’t always give the right answer or say just the right thing. In fact, there are many times I do just the opposite and my words actually make things worse. There are times I need to speak and write and share. There are other times, though, when I need to keep my mouth closed and my fingers still.
The only way my words, whether spoken or written, can truly be of use is for me to be a vessel of the Lord. I need to be the pen, not the writer. I need to be the mouth, not the speaker. I need to speak when He tells me to speak and write when He tells me to write. And I need to be silent when He gives me nothing to say, realizing that sometimes the silence can be just as powerful as the words.