Devotions from Jan Johnson’s book, “Invitation to the Jesus Life”
There are certain practices which shift us away from self and help us with simplicity of speech.  These practices allow the Holy Spirit to retrain our hearts, minds and bodies (mouth and gesturing hands) at the same time so they work together in harmony.

  1. Silence. Extended times of silence retrains our mouths. Being silent in community is especially helpful as we don’t have to impress with words. Situational silence ( not having the last word or giving your opinion unless asked) is also a good practice.
  2. Pausing. Silence, in the form of a pause, gives us time to consider the issues. Pausing reminds us to rely on God for what to say and we don’t usually hear what is given to us unless we do slow down and wait on God. The first thing that pops into your head may not be the wise or loving thing to say.
  3. Reflection and confession. If we ask God to reveal to us when we use too many words, the Holy Spirit will tell us.  He may reveal our showy speech, our self-interested motives, pushiness,
     and disregard for the other person. After confessing these, we can ask God to help us to change.
  4. Prayer. Prayerfully consider who we may talk to today and ask God to help us love and respect them, without trying to convince them of something. And rejoice when we see into the hearts of others more easily and are not so self-absorbed.

Today let us be brave and ask the Lord to reveal our motives when we speak unnecessarily and focus on getting to know another.