"I like the sound of your voice when you're not talking."
This statement came out of my mouth when I was talking to my beautiful, grace-filled wife, Marissa. *Moment of silence for me as I bury my grave and place myself inside.*
We were playing a board game with my her family when I decided to make such a statement. Marissa and I play games very differently. She likes to talk to concentrate... and I can't concentrate when people are talking.
We make a great team.
Today, as I was reading through Mark 15, that story came to mind.
As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” He answered him, “You say so.” Then the chief priests accused him of many things. Pilate asked him again, “Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed. - Mark 15:1-5, NRSV
Jesus had a voice of humility. He chose a posture of grace even though He was right. Jesus stayed silent in humility because He understood what love required of Him. And Pilate was amazed. He wasn't used to prisoner's on death-row staying silent.
I'm bad at this.
Actually, I am terrible at this. I can name ten times in the past ten days where I have failed at having a voice of humility. Maybe that's why this passage convicted me in a powerful way while reading through Mark 15?
Maybe that's why I constantly reflect on Brené Brown's words:
I need to get it right not be right.
So what does having a voice of humility mean? It means having a posture of grace when we are faced with confrontation. It means listen first. It means recognizing that some things are out of our control. It means that we understand that people don't view things the same way as us.
And accepting that.
Would you join me in having a posture of grace and a voice of humility just as Christ?
And for the record, my wife has a beautiful voice. Maybe I should start listening to it more than my own... maybe.