Hi. I am Sharita. And I… I am… (gulp) a talker.
Whew. It feels so good just to get that out there!
My love of chatter was there from the get-go. Just ask my mom. She said I never met a stranger. Mom said that if she weren’t careful, the bank teller or grocery clerk would know my whole life story in a matter of moments.
Growing up, I know my talking bugged some people. As a teenager, I didn’t have much of a filter. Sometimes my mouth got me in trouble. I talked just to talk.
It started to bother me. I began to believe the lies that I had nothing productive to say. I was talking more and more, being loud and bubbly to drown out this thought in my heart that I was different.
I didn’t want to embrace it. I wanted to hide it. As hard as I tried, it wasn’t going to happen. I just kept talking. First, empty words. Then… I met Jesus.
God began to change my endless chatter into something productive. He began shaping me as a leader. As a public speaker. As a minister and coach. Now, several years later, I am blessed to be His mouthpiece, both in written and spoken word.
Do I still get nervous when I write or speak about God? Absolutely. However, I have learned that God has refined and continues to refine this quirky chatter of mine into something that cultivates joy and brings Him glory.
God has given me the gift of gab. As a result, I can walk His walk and talk His talk.
I still struggle with it sometimes. Sometimes after meeting new people or sharing a message with a crowd, little whispers sneak into my heart: “Was that unprofessional? I bet they think I am an idiot. Why didn’t I just shut up?”
Most times, those whispers are lies from the enemy. He is constantly on a mission to reinstate those feelings of insecurity or uneasiness when it comes to my call to chat about God.
But guess what? He won’t win… Because God holds my heart AND my tongue.
God is revealing more and more to me that this quirk of being talkative has a lot of power:
- As a minister, this God given-quirk allows me to encourage and speak the truth in love.
- As a coach, I can speak as the Holy Spirit prompts, sharing concise messages and powerful truths.
- As a leader, my words help make new experiences more comfortable and less awkward for others.
- As a friend, my words can bring laughter to challenging situations.
- As a wife, I can speak words of affirmation to my beloved husband.
- As a mama, my quirkiness can teach and encourage my little one as she grows and learns about Christ.
Your quirk, whatever it is, also has power.
Take it from me. If you are hiding a quirk, trying to stifle it, just stop. Instead of denying the unique gifts God has given you, embrace them. Pray about how He wants to use your quirkiness to bring Him glory.
Trust Him and know that your quirk, your wonderful weirdness, whatever it might be is ready to help you walk His walk, talk His talk, or be whatever else like Him that you’re designed to be.
Sharita Knobloch is a Jesus-loving, enthusiastically creative minister, writer, and Spiritual Leadership Coach. She loves encouraging others to find Jesus in the everyday and live in His light through blogging and coaching at 7 Days Time Ministry. She adores her family, specifically her Beloved army infantry husband Brandon, their sweet daughter Charis and goofy little dog Justus. Sharita enjoys exploring her current “home” state of Washington, breaking in new journals with inky pens, and the occasional square of dark chocolate in the bathtub.