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July 29, 2013

Everyone can do something

CORBIN — Way back in my very first column for this newspaper, I briefly mentioned how I have a stuttering problem called “the clutters.”

When I had seen a speech pathologist 10 years ago, she basically told me the speech impediment was a by-product of being shy.

When I want to say something, there is this split-second anxiety I have which causes my words to get jumbled up in my head.

I do believe it is something I can overcome, but for now it is certainly a hindrance when I wish to communicate with others.

Several months ago, the leaders in our church announced they wanted everyone to try and invite back all of our fellow members who had — for one reason or another — stopped coming to church regularly.

They said if you could make phone calls, sign up for that.

If you can’t make phone calls, sign up for writing letters.

If you aren’t good at writing, then pledge yourself to praying.

This notion that there is something out there for everyone to do really got me thinking.

Just because I might not make the best preacher or speaker doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways for me to be a witness and spread God’s word.

It’s 2013. There are millions of ways for people to communicate now. There is absolutely no reason for me to tell myself that I have no way of being a witness for Christ.

Working for a newspaper, I have been blessed with this opportunity to write a column to share with our readers locally.

I always make sure to share this column on Facebook and Twitter for everyone I know outside of the Tri-County, as well.

With the design skills I learned in college, I have been able to help out the church by making flyers and handcards for various events we have hosted.

And just this past week I decided to start my own blog online to share my columns, daily devotions, Christian music and any other thing I find worth sharing.

If you want, you can check it out at hallthingsconsidered.blogspot.com.

Romans 12:6 tells us, “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith.”

These are just a few examples of things you can do. But there are countless other ways we can be a light for the Lord if speaking isn’t our thing.

If you know a trade, there are always opportunities to help our neighbors who might need home improvements — or maybe just a home period.

If you have a nice voice, join your choir at church or maybe sing a solo every now and then for your congregation.

You never know the difference you could make in someone’s life.

So if God has given you a talent, you should take any opportunity placed before you to use it in His precious holy name.

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at bhall@thetimestribune.com. You can also visit his blog at hallthingsconsidered.blogspot.com

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