i'll say it if no one else will

Watching sports regularly doesn’t qualify you to coach a professional team.

Viewing your favorite TV show each week doesn't qualify you to write its next episode.

Attending conferences doesn’t qualify you to be a keynote speaker.

That said...

What thing are you a regular part of that you are not qualified to speak into?

I'm not suggesting you shouldn't, nor do I mean to imply it's not a responsibility in your life somehow.
  • Maybe it's your family, and you presume proximity equals intimacy... only as you speak into it you sound more like an annoyed neighbor than a reputable caregiver.
  • Maybe it's your workplace, and you presume familiarity equals integrity... only as you speak into it you sound more like a seasoned faultfinder than a humble proponent.
  • Maybe it's your church, and you presume sincerity equals clarity... only as you speak into it you sound more like a blind optometrist than an inspiring guide.
  • Maybe it's your school, and you presume geography equals authority... only as you speak into it you sound more like an irate taxpayer than a genuine advocate.
What you're communicating, however you present it, is essentially this:

"I'll say it if no one else will."

Sure, maybe the reason it hasn't been said is because it needs to be said and no one has boldly stepped up to say it. That will often be what you presume.

Then again, maybe the reason it hasn't been said is because there are more important things that do need to be said. How clear are you on this?

Consider - "Was the silence there on purpose? If not, what is the best way to say what actually does need to be said and avoid what doesn't?"

That may not be what you wanted to hear today.

I'll say it if no one else will.
"If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate." (1 Corinthians 13:1, The Message)

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