Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Don't Say Watermelon

Were you ever in chorus and learned that you can sing/mouth the word "watermelon" when you don't know the words to a song? I don't think my choir teacher taught me this but probably some other students. It works though! It's helpful when you can't remember what you're supposed to be singing. I tried this a couple times, but typically, I couldn't do it for long, because it always felt fake to me.

See, even when other people can't tell if you're pretending, you know when you're just mouthing the words to get by. I don't want to just mouth the words. That bugs me. I don't like pretending. I liked pretending more when I made up skits and acted out plays when I was young though. Those make believe stories are great, but you usually know the difference between a real live story and a made-up up one...you can just tell.
But beyond the great adventures and the fun stories a person is able to tell are the times someone might forget the words to how even their own story goes.  Sometimes, the best way to start speaking clearly is to be truthful and allow others to speak truth into your life, even when it's hard.

The end result: growth...

and maybe some good conversations.


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