Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Body Language

Carol Condon

She was hidden in the crowd. At first I didn’t even notice her. The room was full of little clusters of people all engaged in conversation and laughter. I was looking for a friend of mine, and that was when I saw her. She had her shoulders slumped forward and her head lightly bent with her eyes looking downward. She wasn’t saying a word, but I heard her body language loud and clear, “Please don’t notice me.”

It brought back memories of my early youth when I would slump to a lesser height in order to blend in with the other girls my age. I would squeeze my feet into shoes that didn’t adequately fit but were the size I wanted to be. My heart went out to this young girl who stood so lost among her peers. I wanted so badly to slip up to her and whisper the words that I still daily speak to myself, “Hold your head up, place your shoulders back, and walk with confidence.”

If our physical posture can speak so loudly, what does our spiritual posture have to say? Do we squeeze into areas of our ministry that are way too small for our calling instead of accepting the “right fit” that stands outside of our comfort zone but inside of the door that the Lord has opened for us? Do we slouch forward with downcast eyes begging silently to “not be noticed” instead of walking in the confidence of His Promises?

How many hungry people and extreme God opportunities are missed everyday because of the volume of our spiritual body language? Take the challenge of whispering along with me each day. “Hold your head up, place your shoulders back, and walk in the confidence of His calling.”

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