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Topic: Body Language (11/25/10)
TITLE: Hear The Body Speaking
By Justina Page
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A person’s body language speaks much louder than words. It is a premiere view into what is truly going on as opposed to what we may choose to divulge. Having two children with mental disabilities and speech impairment has taught me a great deal about body language. It is my major form of communicating with them. I am forced to look at them and discern their gestures. Ironically, I intuitively understand more about their needs and desires than my other three perfectly intelligent sons. I find myself often speaking to them from different rooms in the house. Missing the grimace on their face when I am requiring them to do something they are apprehensive about. Many times asking them how their day went as I prepare for my evening. Hearing a quick “fine” but missing the widened pupil induced by fear. People are speaking all around us and never opening their mouths. Slumped shoulders, clenched fist, creased foreheads screaming for help beckoning for attention. We can’t help if we don’t see. We want see if we don’t look. If you are blessed with the magnificent gift of sight I challenge you as Christians to take full advantage of it. Look at people. Look at your spouses, children, and church members. Look at the person on the bus stop, in the grocery store, at the mall. The body language is telling you something you need to know. There is a reason your wife is sitting four feet away from you on the same couch with a hung head. The lips may be sealed but the heart is screaming “I’m hurt”. There is a reason your child’s eyes twitch every time you look them in the eye. They are hiding something from you. There is a reason that the homeless person on the street bites their lip when you pass out lunches. They feel you are not in touch with their world. Looking at people mentally prepares you to connect with them. Responding to what you see seals that connection. Let’s not underestimate the power of body language in our ministries and personal lives. Abel’s blood is still speaking.
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