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January 3, 2011 / joelmalm

Jesus on Jersey Shore

Flipping through channels recently I came across an enraged girl in tears screaming at the top of her lungs, “You have me all wrong! I am a chill person!”  Ever noticed how everyone thinks they are chill?  They probably are, as long as things are going their way.

Jesus once pointed out that if you want to know who someone really is, just listen to them. “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:45)  Often times just their tone is enough.

You may have been taught that 93% of all communication is non-verbal.  That statement isn’t for every situation.  This false figure comes from misinterpretation of a book called Silent Messages that says 55% of communication is through body language, 38% is through voice tonality and only 7% is verbal.  But a brilliant man named C.E. Johnson points out, “the numbers 7-38-55 expressed as percentages only have to do with the resolution of inconsistent messages…”

Screaming angrily that you are chill is an inconsistent message and will never convince anyone.  Proving it, comes from somewhere deeper.  It’s always the things no one sees that bring the results everyone wants.

So if you really want to be chill it’s going to take some heart work.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-8)

P.S.  I do not recommend watching Jersey Shore.  Read your Bible instead.

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