I don’t like being called out, or being held accountable. I’d like to think that I can handle those things all by myself. Most of the time I prefer thinking “hey, I got this!” Not that I’m a control freak or anything. The truth is, none of us always ‘have it’.
As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are called to hold each other accountable. To stand in the gap for someone when they may not be seeing things completely clearly. Sometimes that requires being frank with folks.
Yesterday, my friend Freda was frank with me, she pcalled me out. She said to me, “Stop referring to your son as an addict. From now on you should just refer to him as Tucker, because he’s going to overcome!” She reminded me of Romans 4:17 that says, The God of Abraham also speaks of things that do not exist as if they do exist.
The funny thing is, instead of feeling like a child who’s getting in trouble, all I felt was love. It was like a light bulb was turned on in my head and my heart. I know she was lead by the Holy Spirit. I’m thankful that my sister in Christ loves God enough, and is bold enough, to love on me in that way.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue can speak words that bring life or death. Those who love to talk must be ready to accept what it brings.” So from now on, I will be referring to our son only as Tucker Hawkins, a man of God who’s working on His testimony! I will not speak the word addict over him again! I will also be referring to myself as Christa Hawkins, skinny, rich, daughter of the Most High God!
I pray that from now on, I will love people enough to speak the truth. That I will listen to the Holy Spirit and be obedient. I pray that I will choose my words wisely, and speak blessings not curses. That I won’t let anything stand in the way of sharing the love of Christ, no matter what He asks me to do! I will pray for boldness!