Speaking “Up”

Rick Mattson Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Four letter words fly around the golf course where I play like hundreds of errant tee shots.

A river of strong drink disappears into men’s guts.

Sometimes they ask me on the 10th hole what I do for work. “I’m in the ministry,” I say. “I travel around the country and tell college students about Jesus.”

This usually causes massive apologies for all that took place the prior two hours.

No matter. I love these guys. And as much as I “speak up” to them about what I believe, I catch myself, at times, speaking down to them, condescendingly.

Rather, I wish to speak “up” from a posture of service and humility. Or minimally, speak across the table, man to man. This is the way of Christ.

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