The Inside Column 04/08

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshiping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

75% of the world’s population are supposedly glossophobic. Glossophobia is a condition that has no cultural boundaries and if you are wondering what it is I will enlighten you. It’s the fear of public speaking.

I joined Toastmasters a couple of years ago to be one of the 25% who are not afraid. One of the Toastmaster tasks I have been given this month is to create a communication plan and to write a speech about the importance of such a plan. I have been reading a fantastic book titled, ‘Contented Dementia’ by Oliver James which introduces a great way of communicating with those who have dementia and I will use this as the basis of my speech.

The Toastmasters task has got me thinking about communicating with God. Do I have a communication plan? What messages do I need to communicate and what channels do I use to communicate to God? How frequent is that communication happening and how do I evaluate my efforts? All questions I need to answer in the communication plan I need to write for Toastmasters but equally valid when I think about my prayer life.

So often it is easy to communicate in times of wanting something rather than to thank and to share our lives regularly to keep the relationship alive. There are so many channels of communication available to us. God created nature, he gave us creativity and music, all mediums we can use to communicate with our creator. I read somewhere recently that a great way to communicate with God is to invite him wherever you go. I’ve discovered he likes biking up those hills better than I do and even manages to encourage me along the way!

I encourage you to think about your communication plan with God. How do you ensure that it becomes a regular and important part of your daily life?  I have no doubt our creator is there just waiting to hear from you.




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