It’s not true about everyone, but most of us like to talk about things, rather than experience those same things. Before you formulate your objection to this suggestion, let me explain. There is nothing patently wrong with talking about things we’ve done, hope to do or are just find interesting. My granddaughter often surprises me, when I explain certain things to her and she replies with much more factual knowledge than I imagined possible. Its an example of talking about things, rather than sharing experiences, sharing who we are, hope to be, or the purposes which give our lives meaning.
Its the nature of talk, we don’t have to be responsible in the least superficial aspect. Even if we know what we are talking about, it is talk only. To share about the substantial matters that compel and confront us, we open ourselves to a high level of responsibility. This is the repugnant nature of politicians, they are skilled and practiced in commenting on things that appear to be very important, but do so without accepting any responsibility whatsoever. The apostle James lambaste irresponsible speech, “Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” (James 3:5-6)
I thrive on substance and meaning. Early in life I learned the virtue and power of purpose. Until you experience and learn for yourself this may sound like all the other talk, but there is one person who is set apart, whose words have power, His name is Yeshua, (Jesus’ Hebrew name). Yes, we can chit chat about “religion” like politics, our taste in food, art, or the weather, but this person was dead and came back to life. In His name and message is the power of an indestructible life (Hebrews 7:16) These are weighty issues full of responsibility, because its about destiny. In this world physical things are most important while Spiritual matters are ignored, but in eternity the opposite is true, such that the physical will be completely forgotten. I have inadvertently scared people by sharing the gravity of destiny. “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10-11)
Yesterday, I drove up to my house and saw my wife on the porch holding our 2 yr. old granddaughter. I thought how precious she’s is and all she means to our family. You and I are just as precious to God. Let the love of God wash over your soul and innermost being, receive the life He wants to give for it is not just talk.