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Leaning on every word you say.

Who comes to mind when you read the title of this? Whose words do you lean on for hope, healing, love, truth, and consolation?

I’m a big fan of the 'art of conversation.' Speaking in general has always been my passion. There's something cool about using your words for good. As a gift to you and the other people you speak to. You unlock some inner secret powers, too. You teach yourself how to show emotion, captivate an audience, listen, when to laugh & lighten the mood, what kind of people ease self-expression ya know, that whole ordeal. 

There’s so many personal, enriching, and purposeful moments in conversations. It takes ONE conversation to change your entire life.

Words are a lifeline.

Whether you’re listening to a song, watching a movie, overhearing two people chatting, or putting words to what you’re feeling, the power of communicating realities of life is just... insane. 

Words make us and shape us, and turn our whole day around (for good or bad, unfortunately). Usually, you will take them to heart more when they come from a trustworthy person or someone who knows you in a personal and intimate way.

In this love-affair with language and writing and speaking I have learned that I can communicate with myself and/or to someone until I’m blue in the face, and even convince myself of everything I need to be convinced of, but sometimes that isn't enough. There's always an urge for more.

It isn't until that soft and beautiful conversation with Jesus (again, until I’m blue in the face) in all its sufficiency. Then I actually feel everything inside of me changes. 

Speaking to Jesus hits differently.

Wisdom, understanding, meaning, love, life, all define themselves differently in our wide variety of sources; media, books, and grand mom, to name a few. Other times, it is in the classroom where the mind expands at the education of life’s secret wonders.  In the Churches the souls and bodies are embracing the spiritual realities of life in The Father’s very own Home.  In restaurants, all the goodness of five sense engage themselves in celebration and communion.  In the streets, loud chaos but nevertheless, realities of life. 

As much as this blog has become a meditation for me as I write this, I can’t help but proclaim the depths of power that come out of the very mind, body, soul, and breath of Christ. Another source to add to the list.

Like, again, anyone and their dog can set a tone for you but Christ, Christ who was crucified.... Christ the Savior, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.... does something differently. 

Christ not only peaks our mind with an interest in the spiritual realities of life; by giving our friends the right words to say to us, the right moment for our parents to comfort us, or getting a text with a loving message, He also MOVES them in us. 

So if Christ is all truth then all of truth and love itself (personified) "died" on that cross. 

And to think, TO THINK, some crazy people who were so frustrated with Him (just like people are today) thought the solution was and is to just get rid of Him...and make their own ideologies up... and they actually convinced themselves in their head and in their words to themselves and others, “oh let me exert my power enough so that I can KILL, remove, erase, and destroy truth and love....” 

Ok, boomer. Exert your power all you want. Let me know when you’re done cause My Jesus is going to bounce right back. 

Truth and Love are not forces of life that can die.

Truth and Love are not realities of life we can live without.

Truth and Love are not removable because they are the very person of Jesus Christ.

He cannot be removed from history, life, and heaven.

Jesus, therefore, (and oh so gently) resurrects right back to life to prove this to us and now Christianity is celebrating the victory that truth and love (even life itself) are eternal because their commander and chief, Jesus, won it.

“For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world.. to bear witness to the truth and everyone who is of truth, hears my voice.” -Jesus (John 18:37) 
“What is truth?” -Pilate

When Jesus was teaching and blessing people with truth and love one day, the people listening seemed to have had enough of Him. They have been so outraged by the effortless Goodness of His words (cause Greatness scares us) that they asked Jesus, (but never anyone else), “by what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority?” 

Jesus, in all His savagery, responds, “I also will ask you a question.... and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things.” 

So Jesus flips the reverse Uno card on them and the question they asked Him became a question he asked them, namely:

By what authority of life are you governing yourself on?

What words are you leaning on? Who are your friends of truth and love? 

What foundation of meaning do you rest with at night?

Jesus wants us to be mindful of the fact that anyone can have the “authority” to tell you something.  Anyone can put their two cents in the jar.  Anyone can tell you what they think you should do and anyone can have a reason for telling you what they think you should do.  But Jesus tells you "what's up" on the foundation of solid strength and truth, with the utmost knowledge of your entire heart, mind, body, and soul. . . not merely some personal opinion or experience.

He also acts in it, with power, in you (even for you, if you want) and increases the strength in you to do it. Providing all the tangible opportunities and the means to do it. Moving all the direction of life every which way to prove it and make it happen for you.

But how, why, and for what intention?

Because He loves you. 

You have the authority to listen and decide what you believe of life. Jesus might be King, but we were given complete and total freedom to exercise our conscience. Very naturally, it's a lot of wrestling with yourself and life to find a way of falling back to an objective truth.

The only objective truth that has stood the ebbs and flows of life is Jesus because He resurrected after they thought Him and His ways were "out of style."

Jesus’ only message was to preach THE ultimate fundamental message, not an opinion of it. Sometimes this is scary when the hardships of life mean we have to sacrifice something for the sake of real truth and love.

Because the exhaustion, disbelief, and tiresome darkness's and principalities of the world kept infecting our hearts, Jesus saw the opportunity to save. The Father knew only HE could save, for if we could have we would have.

Darkness and principalities of selfishness, gossip, anger, manipulation, violence, blaming, shaming, putting down, harming and hurting have no place in our hearts and minds. Since some people are not motivated to root them out of their hearts, they root out the truth and love that counteract it. I guess they'd rather kill then embrace?

Without warning, the darkness creeps into our hearts almost every day. Every time we lose sight of truth and love, that is, Jesus, we lose sight of the ability to not only know, but overcome. Because really and truly only Jesus can be the only one who Saves humanity from this craziness BECAUSE out of the essence of who He is, none of these exist inside of Him. 

Truth and love are what we fight for in others’ attention towards us, in the workplace, in every relationship and thing we do.  We yearn for them both to take their place rightfully so. It is through Him (because He is them) in your life that they will take their place. Not because someone told you, not because you spoken the wisest of all proverbs, not because you read a really good book, but because CHRIST crucified in you is now Christ resurrected in you.

You participate in the divine exchange of truth and love from its source, Jesus.  

That’s who He is; the words and truths of God's love personified. This sheer Goodness does not grow out of the grass or fall with the rain or burn your skin like sunburn. Nope. Its a living breathing and passionate person who meets you in the depths of your heart with so much love, giving His spirit the entire time. 

Our loved ones let us down time and time again. Our own minds let us down. Our own desires lead us to chaos. Our own bodies have limits. Our own ideas and efforts can only last so long before we need them to rest and recharge. The truth of that can’t get more obvious because experience has shown us that and it is Jesus who is inexhaustible because of the power of His resurrection which restores the glory back into us every single time we ask.  

truth: (noun) a man named Jesus who embodies the spirit “who was and is and is to come.” 

Love: (noun) a man named Jesus who emptied Himself for the sake of others. 

Paradox of the Cross. 1 Corinthians 1:23

"The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Where is the wise one? For since in the wisdom of God the world did not come to know God through wisdom, it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation to save those who have faith.

For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, even Jews and Greeks alike, the answer is Christ, the power of God, the wisdom of God.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength."

Meet the Author:

Shannon is an energetic family girl who loves the Lord. She serves ministry in Philly and works closely to young girls and Theology of the Body. Shannon writes, speaks, prays, reads, and gets her fitness on in her free time. She is the Director of More Goodness Now and has a podcast in the same name that you can listen to here: anchor.fm/moregoodness

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