Say What You Need to Say

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By Lane Palmer, Christian Post Guest Columnist
July 11, 2008|9:28 am

Take all of your wasted honor, Every little past frustration, Take all of your so-called problems, Better put ‘em in quotations.

Say what you need to say.

Walking like a one man army. Fighting with the shadows in your head. Living out the same old moment. Knowing you’d be better off instead, If you only could . . .

Say what you need to say.

Have no fear for giving in. Have no fear for giving over. You’d better know that in the end. Its better to say too much, Then never say what you need to say again.

Even if your hands are shaking, And your faith is broken. Even as the eyes are closing, Do it with a heart wide open.

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Say what you need to say.

These are the words from a John Mayer song called (as if you couldn’t guess) “Say.” It was also the closing song/video from the movie “The Bucket List.”

Go ahead…watch the “Bucket List” and tell me it didn’t make you cry. Even if you’re a mucho macho male full of manly manliness… you’ll still tear up. But you can tell people you had something in your eye.

Unless…you say what you need to say. That’s why I like this song so much. Are you getting the same vibe from “Say” that I am? To me, it sounds like Mayer is encouraging people to be honest. Not mean or immature, but if you have something bottled up that needs to get out - let it out!

Do you need to stop acting like a ‘one man army’? Are you ‘living out the same old moment’? I have some great news for you…John Mayer is spot on - because when you say what you need to say, you feel as free as a bird. Let me share my journey of saying what I needed to say:

When I was in 9th grade, I realized I needed to say something to God. I was at a summer camp, and the ‘speaker guy’ shared two amazing Truths from the Bible:

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him (John 3:16).

There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son (John 3:16-18).

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

It was seriously like a light that switched on in my head. I needed to say something to God - and it went like this:

“Jesus- you came into the world to save people, and I need saving. I believe in You and trust in You as my only hope of salvation. I believe that I am saved by grace alone, and I receive the free gift of salvation.”

Yep - when I said that to God - I found a whole new life that has been nothing short of amazing.

One more thing - there are opportunities every day to say what you need to say. Be honest with God about how you are feeling, what you desire, and when you need to confess your sins. Then you can say what you need to say to others - like:

I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. I believe in you. I need you. God loves you. Jesus died for you and for me.

When you say these things to others, life takes on shades of freedom and peace you probably have never seen or felt.

The last thing I need to say is this:

Don’t just read this Soul Fuel…act on it. Before you go to bed tonight, tell your parents you love them. Make things right with God and others. Tell a total stranger hello. Say ‘please’ and ‘thanks’, and don’t hold back your honesty – because:

Even if your hands are shaking, And your faith is broken. Even as the eyes are closing, Do it with a heart wide open.

Say what you need to say.

Head: True freedom in life begins when we first say what we need to say to God, and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation, then we can truly be honest with others.

Heart: Most people are terrified of being honest - and they think they are the only ones. I agree that people who are overly honest and who have no sense of boundaries make life very awkward - but there is a big need in our society to be more straight up with people.

Hands: Since the Soul Fuel already has a ‘hands’ assignment - here’s a great example of someone who says what he needs to say - enjoy!

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Lane Palmer serves as a writer for Dare 2 Share Ministries (D2S) in Arvada, Colorado, a ministry committed to energizing and equipping teenagers to know, live, share and own their faith in Jesus. For more information about D2S, please visit www.dare2share.org.
 

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