After over five years in my role as Director of Client Advocacy, I have found that one of the things I hear the most from Client Advocates in training is how nervous they are to “say the wrong thing” when they are talking with clients. They fear they won’t say enough, or say too much, or say something that could be more harmful than helpful. And let me tell you, this fear is just as real for me too. This is part of my prayer every time before I enter into conversation with a client. That He will give me the words to speak.
Sometimes I wonder, “When am I going to ‘get over’ that fear or nervousness that creeps up each time before I begin meeting with clients?” But then I remember that’s exactly where I should be. In a humble posture before God saying, “Speak through me, Lord.” It must be His words, and not mine. I don’t need to feel as though I have to have the “perfect words” each time I talk with someone who comes through our doors because God will be the source of my words when I am fully trusting and surrendering these conversations over to Him.
Our Nurse Manager, Tree Mefferd, has continued to be one of the greatest encouragers I have ever known. She is so gentle in reminding me each time I feel that fear creeping up of this wonderful verse from Scripture:
“When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak, or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you”. -Matthew 10:19-20
When I am reminded of these words, it gives me such freedom and hope. It reminds me I don’t have to fret so much about what to say, how to say it, or when to say it, because when I am fully allowing Him to lead and guide my words and the conversation, it is exactly the way it is supposed to be.
I encourage you to think about your own life regarding this verse listed above. Are there conversations in your life that need to take place but the fear of “saying the wrong thing” has been holding you back? Do you find yourself shying away from picking up the phone to call a loved one you know is struggling right now because you fear saying something more harmful then helpful? Are you allowing yourself to have a humble posture before God in entering conversations with others so that it is Him who speaks through you, not you speaking in your own strength? I pray each one of us is reminded of the power of trusting in Him to lead and guide our words and our conversations.
“Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, I will also help you,
I will also uphold you with My righteous right hand” .-Isaiah 41:10