Leave a comment which reads “clap!” if you appreciate the irony of creating a comic to say “nothing” might be the most profound gift I have to offer, and then wrote a short reflection on that same comic 1.
As ironic as this post might be, the comic is still true. I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve sat listening to pastors try to out-profound one another 2 and all I could think was, “OK, you can all sit down and be quiet now.” There’s just times where we need to say very little, or nothing at all, because adding our own voice can get in the way of people encountering the divine presence.
This isn’t to say I never have anything profound to add to the conversations which flow all around me. Sometimes I do, and I try to take great care in crafting what I’ll say. Part of my calling is to teach, after all.
On the other hand, for every passionately written post, sermon, or reply I offer to the conversations of the world, there are just as many in which I literally have nothing to add. In fact, even the attempt to add something might prove detrimental. This is something pastors, who are called to tell the story of Jesus, have a difficult time embracing.
But embrace it I shall. Because when I’m not focused on being the distributor of profundity, I can actually listen. So that, when I inevitably do feel the pull to offer my insights into the conversation, it’ll actually be worth hearing.