Monday, October 28, 2013

God Gave Me a Big Mouth for a Reason

"But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
    will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
    I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’"
~ Jonah 2:9, NIV~

I love my dentist's office.  He and his staff are the only ones in the world who have ever told me my mouth is small!  All joking aside, for the better part of my life I was incredibly ashamed of that very part of myself.  I was raised by a mother who would regularly condemn me for having "such a big mouth", mocking me for my content and volume.  That condemnation continued into my young adult life.  I can recall a college friend saying, "You never shut up.  What makes you think everybody wants to hear what you have to say all the time?"  For many years I shrunk back in embarrassment and regret because of my big ol' mouth.

It wasn't until I read Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life that I felt set free.  I learned there that God had given me a big mouth for a reason!  He created me with a specific purpose in mind.  Without my personality, characteristics, quirks, experiences, talents, and abilities, I could never accomplish the mission He had in mind for me.  It was terrifically liberating to look back on my life and see how the Lord had brought together a unique intersection of these things, so that I could become the person He meant for me to be.

Here are some of the purposes that God has shown me for my big mouth.  I bet you will find that He has some of these same purposes for you:
  1. First, last, and if nothing else, my Creator gave me the mouth I have to bring glory, honor and praise to His name!  ~ Sing forth the honor and glory of His name; make His praise glorious! (Psalm 66:2, AMP)
  2. I am called to speak life and hope into a hurting world. ~ I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. (Deuteronomy 30:19, MSG) 
  3. My voice should point the world to Jesus. ~ “Go home to your own people,” Jesus said, “and tell them what the Lord has done for you and how he has shown you mercy.” (Mark 5:19, CEB)
  4. With the training and experience I have been given, I am to advocate for those with special needs or any who are treated unjustly. ~  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:9, NIV)
  5. I have been moved to lighten the heavy load of life for others by sharing humor. ~  "He will fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with happy shouting." (Job 8:21, GW)
  6. God has called me to be an encourager, especially to those raising children with special needs. ~ We ask you, Christian brothers, speak to those who do not want to work. Comfort those who feel they cannot keep going on. Help the weak. Understand and be willing to wait for all men.  (1 Thessalonians 5:14, NLV)
  7. My mouth should serve to instruct, my children first, and others thereafter. ~ "So keep these commandments carefully in mind. Tie them to your hand to remind you to obey them, and tie them to your forehead between your eyes! Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are sitting at home, when you are out walking, at bedtime, and before breakfast!" (Deuteronomy 11:18-19, TLB)
Several years ago, I had the honor of hearing our governor speak to members of his own political party.  He concluded his talk by posing the question, "So why am I telling you all this when you already know and agree with it?"  He then went on to draw the analogy between himself passionately making his case to like-minded people and his father, who was a pastor.  

He told the crowd, "A man asked my father why he goes on evangelizing his own congregation each Sunday. He said, 'Pastor, aren't you just preaching to the choir?'  And my father replied, 'Yes, but I preach to the choir because I want the choir to sing!'"

My hope in sharing the story of my big mouth with you is that you will sing!  Whether God has also given you this tool or some other, know that the Lord fashioned you, dear parent, with a unique set of skills, experience, quirks, and talents all to be used by Him for His glory.  What an amazing privilege!   

PRAY:  May my words and my thoughts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my sheltering rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14, NET)  

~ Barb Dittrich 

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