The Gospel according to John reminds me of the letters wrote by the apostle Paul. These texts have long, switch-back styled, confusing sentences of deep philosophical and theological language. Honestly, It is easy to get lost.
Our Scripture, the Prologue in John, is perhaps the most challenging.
There was the WORD.
The WORD was with God.
The WORD was God.
The WORD created all things.
All was created through the WORD.
Who else is confused? (Raising my own hand).
I am not ashamed to admit it. It is confusing.
Again, it is has though this journey through John is switchbacks on a mountain road causing us to lose track of north and south, east and west.
And yet, this idea of the WORD is important in the church.
We, as individuals, witness the power of words in our own lives. The words we speak to ourselves, others, and into our world influences all that hear it.
Words have power, and yet, 80% of communication is non-verbal.
Again, 80% of our communication has nothing to do with selecting the correct word. This 80% includes our tone, because there is a difference between:
- “Melinda” (regular, conversational),
- “Melinda” (excited), and
- “Melinda” (angry, disppointed, or questioning conduct of).
Trust me, I have heard that often when I was a child and a couple times this last week while in Arizona.
The tone can speak more volume than the words themselves.
THEN, there is body language or the embodiment of our words.
I talk with my hands, which some people would prefer my hands remained at my side and it drives them crazy… but, it is just how I am.
It is claimed that if the person you are speaking with is listening, interested, and engaged, their body language will mirror your own. Thus, if you are curious if one is engaged, cross your arms and wait to see if they cross their arms.
Plus, we are able to discern the difference in body language from a friendly gesture or one intended to intimidate, assert power, or is aggressive.
The idea of our words, tone, and body language is involved in the Scriptural WORD.
The WORD, within the church, has three separate expressions. Read the rest of this entry »