The Author

Communication. Don’t leave home without it!
There are two types of communication – verbal and nonverbal. Let us put that another
way. Spoken and unspoken. They both, in their own right, are very powerful and can
leave a lasting impression. Put a string of words together and add behavior, attitude,
tone of voice, intonation ect… and you have something that has impact. The most im-
portant thing though is the context in which this takes place. What do you have in the
end? Expression. How a person expresses themselves leaves a lasting picture in the mind
on the other person. We are expressive people and as humans were created to be expres-
sive in our interactions with others. Heck, if you do not have relationships and someone
sees you walking down the street making all these gyrations, talking to they don’t
know who, then they would think that you do not have all your marbles up there.

The question then becomes what does this say about God, our creator, in whose image we
were made. God is very expressive and if one wants proof then all one has to do is look a-
round them. He is the Master of expression and what it means. The Grand Canyon, the planets,
etc… The O T, starting with the Book of Genesis. Creation, spoken into existence. The
spoken word. I picture Him speaking with power and authority as He ushers in – like the M Cee
who introduces his guests to the stage or how a matre’d takes his patrons to their reserved seats
at his restaurant – each aspect of creation. His expression is on display for all to see. Cre-
ation is an expression of God’s love for us and how honored we should be to have been created
like Him. Then you have the Great Flood of Noah’s time, the fall of the walls of Jericho,  Sodom
and Gomorrah. Then you have the Garden of Eden and Paradise, with all their colors. The reds,
yellows, blues, oranges, greens, purples etc… I can’t wait to see what it looks like with all
its beauty.

I was talking with someone the other day about a book and its author(which was consequently made
into a major motion picture)about how their expression of ideas gave insight into his beliefs and
values. The three characters that represented the Holy Trinity with God being a black woman who
also cooked the meals, to which there was a southern flare. Jesus was portrayed as a cowboy, the
Holy Spirit was portrayed by an oriental woman in which one of her roles was tending the flower
garden with its vast array of colors and shades. My imagination was engaged as I read the book
but it was laid out for you in the movie.  The book’s author did a great job expressing the vision of what
heaven was like to them through the scenery, the intricate detail and the content of the interaction
and conversation between the three of them. The author came from a family of missionaries and
he also had experience as a missionary. The person I was talking to made the comment “He must not
be a Christian.”

I think it is really sad when Christians will not let other Christians use their God-given skills and
talents that they have been given to build and encourage the Body of Christ. In fact, it is a sin to not
let them do so. Paul himself says in Romans 5 “If anyone has the gift of teaching, let him teach.
If anyone has the gift of giving then let him give generously…” and doing so not only enhances the ef-
fectiveness of the Body of Christ but it empowers the individual to want to be a part of that community and
accept Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior.

One of God’s least talked about attributes is His expressiveness. To be as such, one has to be vibrant.
The vibrancy of God includes His emotions. He was angry about the use of the temple being used as a
place of extortion, He cried at the tomb of Lazarus, He showed compassion to the prostitute, He rebuked
the disciples about the children seeing Him and the list goes on. To be vibrant adds color and emotion
to our expressive nature as humans and that is what God wants for us. Why, because He is expressive and
and not unidimensional or stoic. He is a God who wants us to see how compassionate and loving He can be.
He wants us to open our eyes and attune our ears to what He has to say and to build His kingdom. We as
Christians, get to one day see that expressiveness in heaven for eternity or a time which is endless and
not be bored. When we learn how to express our God-given human nature we will reflect more accurately to
the world His nature which is around us. Then, as Christ-followers, we will be anything but dispassionate.
As Christian, we are responsible to carry the flag of God’s vibrancy and expressiveness to the world.

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