Speaking Like A Man
This is Part One of a four part series called “When I Became A Man“.
“When I was a child, I spoke like a child… When I became a man…”
I gave up making excuses and blame shifting and started taking responsibility.
I gave up vague apologies and got specific about what I was sorry for and what I did wrong and asked for forgiveness.
I gave up just “talking the talk” and started “walking the walk”.
I gave up just talking about work and started working quietly.
I gave up aimless, foolish talk and started talking about Christ and the Kingdom.
I gave up only talking about myself and started asking questions and listening to others.
I gave up tearing down people with words and started using words to build people up.
I gave up speaking at any time and started knowing when to speak.
I gave up talking to women like I talk to one of the guys and started talking to them as women.
I gave up selfish, flirtatious talk and started talking to women with dignity and respect.
I gave up talking to women as sex objects and started talking to women as queens.
I gave up using words to perpetuate the lies that women believe and started using my words to fight for them to be free.
I gave up being silent around men who treat women poorly and started speaking up to confront them.
I gave up letting someone else be my wife’s main pastor and started pastoring my wife.
I gave up talking harsh to my wife and started talking gently in an understanding way.
I gave up being silent about how I feel about my kids and started affirming them.
I gave up letting someone else be my kid’s pastor and started pastoring my children.
I gave up weak speech and started speaking strongly.
I gave up being silent and started speaking the truth in love.
I gave up fearful, compromising speech and started speaking courageously.
I gave up insecure speech and started speaking with confidence and conviction.
I gave up breaking my word and started keeping my word, even when it hurts.
“When I was a child, I spoke like a child… When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.” 1 Cor 13:11
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About Josh Christophersen
Josh is a software engineer, church planter, and blogger with a passion for helping people do their life well. He lives in KC with his wife and 7 kids.