Ok I know this will sound a little arrogant but I'm a very knowledgeable person on a lot subjects.
I remember when I was a kid some of the people who I ran with use to say I had the gift of gab.
That gift of gab has been a blessing and a determent to me throughout my life.
Every new day brings a understanding that my gift of gab is from God and should be treated with reverence.
One shortcoming of mine is not listening to what others have to say with both ears.
Oh I hear bits and pieces of what you are saying to me, once I think I got your premise my mouth and thoughts are off to the races,that's something that needs to be corrected.
I have had the privilege of having conversations with people who are smarter and more knowledgeable then me, because of my desire to control and win and be seen as all that and a bag of chips ,I missed a lot of wisdom they had for me.
It dawn on me a few weeks ago when I encountered a older gentleman who started a conversation on spirituality,that it's not always necessary for me to add my two cents to every thing someone wants to part to me.
I don't remember the exact words today that the man said to me then,but I do remember they were profound at the moment and it was like God just came down and put some duck tape over my mouth so I could really hear what was being said,without me adding my commentary.
Oh I just love for people to know that I know just as much or more about the subject at hand or what is being discussed.
The who,what and where of that insecurity that exist in me is something God and I are working on daily.
Often throughout the day I ask God for clarity and wisdom for the right words for every situations I may encounter.
I will share with you some of my thoughts on why the gift of gab can work for and against someone like me.
I see others throughout the day engage in behavior or thinking that I know will lead them down a road that is dark and unproductive for their lives.
Often I say nothing too many because I know they won't hear me for many reasons.
But I do know deep down inside as a African-American Male in this country this society don't expect or want clarity or wisdom coming out of me.
Honor and integerity coming from a African-American Male in this society is a oxymoron for many.
Maybe that's why I fight so hard to be heard and understood!
But there is a place for humbleness in my life and ,I'm going to let it come into fruition despite the odds and other peoples expectations.