Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Introverted Witness

By Peggy Blann Phifer ©2013


Ever tried to say something only to have the words come out all wrong? Either twisted, or not quite what you intended to say?

When I was a kid and such a thing happened (which was often) we used to say something like "my tongue got all twisted around my eye teeth and I couldn't see what I was trying to say." Unfortunately, that still happens to me.

Here’s an example of the embarrassing things that happens when I get all tongue-twisted. At the reception of a wedding for a good friend and co-worker, when Andy introduced me to his new wife, Amelia. I shook her hand and said, “Hi, Peggy, I’m Amelia!” I could have sunk through the floor.

It's extremely uncomfortable and embarrassing. As a result I have an horrible fear of public speaking. I am the Poster Child for Introversion.

So, when it came to being a witness for Christ, I said "who, me?" Nuh, uh. I'd duck my head when they opened up the church service for testimonies. I'd start coughing when I knew they were going to call on someone from the congregation to lead in prayer. Yeah, I know.

So I learned how to live my life as its own witness. Matthew 5:16 says "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven." I took that verse to heart all through my school years and on into Corporate America. I didn't have to do or say anything. They gradually came to know me and to respect me.

I had one of those little Scripture Boxes with a card for every day of the year. When I got to work each day I’d put the current day’s card up next to my computer. Nothing else. My computer screen-saver was John 3:16, quoted. I have to admit my time on the computer was so extensive that screen-saver rarely had a chance to display. But when it did . . .

I worked in a rough industry with rough construction workers. Uncouth, brash and profane. But . . . when one of them slipped up and realized I was close by, they’d gulp and apologize. “Sorry, Peg.”

My silent witness.

I've carried that into every aspect of my writing, too. My blog, my comments on Facebook, etc, all reflect the non-confrontational me. Even my debut novel TO SEE THE SUN, an Inspirational Romantic Suspense, has no "preachy" content. Yet, I've been told my faith shines clearly throughout.

That's my goal. To keep shining so that others will see Jesus through me. But not just mine, but that I am, and will always be, right where God wants me to be.


Originally appeared (in part) on The Novel Way


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