Find a Truth & Speak It

There is receiving in the speaking.

I’ve always seen ‘speaking’ as something we give. A friend is discouraged; we offer a word of encouragement. We find a traveler on the wrong path; we provide a word of correction. I guess it’s always seemed to me that words are something we give away either as gifts or burdens.

In part, this belief has been shaped by experience. I can’t recall the number of times I have been on the receiving end of both reckless and righteous words; both relentlessly intertwined around the fibers of meaning, worth, and hope. You know it too, right? No one with two ears and a beating heart would dare to dismiss the power of words.

This last weekend I spent time with some beautiful women at a remote conference ground {read ‘in the middle of nowhere where rodents are king’} with the purpose of seeking the Lord together. It is true that those who seek, find.

As we discussed the importance of letting the Lord rebuild and refill our devastated places, I realized for the first time in a very long time that in speaking there is receiving—receiving in the deep places the truth that a heart has long-needed to hear. As I heard myself speak the words, I knew, those words right there—they’re for me.  After hours and hours of preparation the light never dawned until I spoke it. For one who spends much of her time speaking to others about the power of voice and the deception of silence, I am a bit humbled today by how long it has taken to speak truth into some of my own dark places.

How beautiful it is to hear the Holy Spirit cut through the darkness with the words, “Let there be light” carried on the pitch of your own voice. Yes, in the speaking there is receiving—receiving of a truth not your own, yet forever to be a part of you. It is grace. It is life. It is receiving the light of life again.

I share this today because I’m convinced ever more how powerful is the speaking of truth—not our own truth {whatever that is…sounds like an oxymoron}, but God’s truth. There are places in all our lives that are broken down, worn out, and maybe even too painful or exhausting for us to survey the damage—but do it! Face it and speak God’s truth to it. Let Him fill your voice with His truth and let that truth break forth with shouts of “Grace, grace to it” (Zech. 4:7)!

Find a truth, speak it, receive it. Yeah, I know it feels risky. But come on, that darkness that has cloaked your hope is tired and ugly. Let the light in. As curtains drawn to let in the rising sun, open your mouth and speak the truth. Don’t run from it. Stand still, receive the truth–let its light awaken life again.

“…you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” John 8:32.

2 thoughts on “Find a Truth & Speak It

  1. So true!

    I read an article in the March 2012 edition of Wired magazine about how memory works. It’s not like we tend to think it is — videotapes that we pull up and watch. Our memories actually change each time we access them. So when you speak the truth about something, it CHANGES the memory. Next time you remember that thing, it comes up with the truth attached. So this is not just a mystical, spiritual concept of “what you confess with your mouth…” God actually designed our brains to work this way!

    • You are absolutely correct! Speaking truth actually helps us tell better stories…even of the hard/painful/horrible stories. This is one of the reasons I love the scriptures–they are stories that if we can let their truth enter ours, they will help us tell better stories of our lives and of God’s work in our lives. I too am amazed at the beautiful way in which God created our minds to remember…and to remember well. Thanks so much for adding this important aspect of truth-speaking.

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