I have a long history with silence.

I grew up with a stutter. As a result, much of my childhood was spent wanting to jump into conversations but ultimately choosing to remain silent out of fear that I might begin stuttering. I wanted to speak up, I was just afraid of what might come out. I was afraid I wouldn’t say the right thing. I had found a group of friends who liked being around me because I was pretty chill. I liked being accepted and opening my mouth had the potential to jeopardize that.

Eventually I began to experience fluency in speech, but as I grew in my faith I would find myself in a similar position. I would hear people talking about faith and I’d want to jump in. I’d want to have conversations about Jesus. I’d want to boldly stand for what I believe, but I’d choose to remain silent out of fear. I wanted to speak up, but I was just afraid of what might come out. I was afraid I wouldn’t say the right thing. I liked being accepted and opening my mouth had the potential to jeopardize that.

I can empathize with the church in Thyatira. They truly loved the Lord. And it was evident in their actions. They were commended for their love, service and endurance. Their devotion to the Lord wasn’t the concern. It was their silence. Despite faithfully serving the Lord in so many other aspects of their life, they were silent when it came to boldly speaking out against sin. They were silent when it required courage.

When I look back on my childhood, I now have the perspective to see how much life I missed out on by choosing silence for fear of what people might think. Out of fear, I missed out on so many great conversations. And my bet is that time will give me the perspective to see how much life I’ve missed out on due to fear silencing my faith.

But what if we didn’t need the time to give us perspective? What if we looked at the church in Thyatira and recognized that we have an opportunity to be bold when we want to be silent? My prayer is that we are people who boldly speak truth when fear tries to silence us.

 

Josh Storie

 

 

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