Monday, November 30, 2009

mouth math

As Bear, Keona, and Louie headed off for kid's church, Jonathan and I hobbled (I'm still in a shockingly large boot because of my broken foot) into the Realife building this past Sunday for the tween's service.

As usual, we sat in the back row reserved for staff. Each week they kindly allow us to camp there because they know that the music and the videos and the energy are sometimes too much for Jonathan. He may jump around for joy during worship or cover his ears when the music cranks up or shout out something sincere that's somehow slightly off cue. In the back row, we enjoy the service in a space where Jonathan can be himself without drawing attention to himself. It's always a special time for us to share.

The speaker this week quoted a word of wisdom he received early on from a pastor: "Make sure your words are always plus signs." He was speaking of how our words need to add something to each environment and aptly used Caleb as an example of someone whose words added something and drew people toward the promised land.

Jonathan--a sleeping math genuis--was intrigued, "So plus words add, minus words takes away, what do multplication words do?"

"Hmmn. Perhaps that's when our words multiply how many people are walking with Jesus," I offered.

"And division?" Jonathan wondered.

"Divisive words are those that cause unnecessary conflict between people," I suggested.

Then we both sat there and thought...about mouth math.

And perhaps is would be wise for me, and for us, to think a bit more. So I invite you to along with me think through all the words you spoke today. Did our words add truth? subtract esteem? multiply the faithful? divide the family?

Mouth math...that for better or for worse, is not easily erased.

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December 19, 2009 at 3:52 AM  
Blogger Anne Burris said...

My son is also autistic. In the beginning I questioned how God could let this happen to him and even to me. However, I've begun to embrace his autism because, like your son, my son often gives insight that seems can only come from an autistic mind.
I haven't come across a definition of autism that satisfies me yet, but recently read that autistic thinking lies outside realistic thinking. Almost a supernatural sort of thinking. It seemed to me ironic, since I have always been such a realist. God is interesting.

December 30, 2009 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger Joanne@ Blessed... said...

My first time here. Loved this story about mouth-math and look forward to sharing it with my children.

Elaine from the blog "Peace for the Journey" spoke well of you during her interview over on my blog yesterday, so I just had to come by.

Hope to be back again!

February 2, 2010 at 6:57 AM  

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