So pretty much the funniest thing happened a few days ago. I was speaking at the high school ministry at my church and I definitely had a slip up. I was talking about prayer and how important it is be real before God, we’re not going to fool God by presenting Him with our PR person when we pray. And the importance of trusting God in who he says he is. Then the slip-up came. What I meant to say was, “God loves your friends more than you love your friends.”
But what I actually said was, “God loves your friends more than He loves you.”
Right when I realized what I had said, the entire youth group realized it too. And did they laugh. It’s not everyday that you hear a talk in church where the speaker says the exact opposite of what he wants to say. I laughed for a few seconds, turned beet red, and then just went on with the talk.
I also spoke about how God speaks to us, and often it is in the quietness of our heart. It’s like he impresses thoughts and feelings on our heart, and as we come to know God better we become better at discerning what it is that God is telling us.
As the end of the talk we had a minute to just sit before the Lord and share with Him whatever was on our hearts and to listen to what he might say to us. When I sat down I told God that I was thankful that the talk was over and sat in silence. And it felt as if God was repeating back to me, God loves your friends more than he loves you. It was funny, and I even laughed out loud a little bit. It was as if God and I were laughing together, which I don’t think had ever happened before with me. But it was good.