8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
For years I was shy in groups. Never wanting to hear my own voice. Theater changed that. On a whim, my mom voluntold me for summer camp where they put on a musical. I loved to dance and loved music so she thought this would ease my summer boredom.
It changed my life.
I slowly began to realize that sometimes people want to hear you. They want to be entertained or enlightened and sometimes both.
So my journey to speak began. And it grew.
I began to audition for other shows and found joy in entertaining.
Eventually I realized that my ability to speak could move beyond the stage - that it was important to discuss and pose questions in class. At first I was one of those students who got less than an A in class participation because I didn't speak up enough.
Finally I evolved into the student who talks over people in order to get the word in. I really don't like that person but it did get the A in participation points.
But now as I continue on my journey of voice, I realize that people want to hear me speak a word of wisdom. And in order to do so, I need to listen.
I've spend long enough choosing carefully phrased pithy statements. Now I must find the balance between listening and speaking.
I pray that my ears have finely tuned their filter so that I may dig through all the noise and hear what is important.
Perhaps now that I can speak and am ready to listen, God will show me what is truly "praiseworthy."
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