Say What?

Know your audience
  I have a friend that can sing… really sing.  I’ve occasionally caught her singing in the office and each time I stop and commend her on her beautiful voice.  Her response, “It’s all Him”, but her eyes say,  “I know right!  I’m just trying to sound humble and Christian like.”  Gotcha!  How about next time you just say thank you?   In business it’s important that you are able to effectively communicate with your target audience.  Whether you’re selling infant formula to hospitals, teaching sensitivity courses to executives or selling folks on the idea of faith in God, knowing and understanding your audience is key.  That being said they have to understand you as well. I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.  For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.  May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation – the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ – for this will bring much glory and praise to God.  Philippians 1:9-11  (New Living Translation) As Christians we sometimes forget that not everyone understands our Christianeese lingo and it is important that we take to time to understand the people we are sharing God’s love with. Here are some of my favorite Christian words and phrases made simple.  It’s okay to laugh, I guarantee you Jesus did. I’m saved = I’m confident I’m going to heaven. I’m born again = I believe in Jesus now.  *(Note: There is no Christian voodoo; it’s impossible to be reinserted into your Mother’s womb to literally be reborn!) Brother/Sister = Man, Dude/Chica, Girlfriend Sold out for God = Really psyched about God! I don’t feel led = Seriously, no one can make me do that! The Lord works in mysterious ways = I have no flippin’ clue how to answer you right now. Are there any prayer concerns for the group? = Does anyone have any juicy gossip for the group? Hopefully you’re giggling right now.  For me, laughter opens the door to share how God’s love has impacted my life in free and simple way.  What is special about your story?  What’s the best way to share it with others?  Be transparent, pray for knowledge and understanding.  When an opportunity arises be bold and strong, know that God is with you. Stoplight Prayer:  Father in Heaven, thank you for coming into my life and making me whole.  Lead me to share the story of your love with others in a way meant just for them.

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Kala has worked in the retail industry for nearly 20 years and has recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay area. In her spare time, you’ll find Kala glued to her Kindle, watching teeny bopper shows on the CW (shhh!) or cooking for her family without beef, onions or tomatoes. Kala is wife to Eric, a school administrator, and mother to Ava, a beautiful 5 year old with her mother’s feisty disposition.