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Small Talk

In my car, I listen to mostly Christian radio stations. Several times this past week, this one song has come up not just on the radio, but in conversations, church small groups, and even part of the Communion (the Lord's Supper) meditation. It is called "Truth Be Told". It was written by AJ Pruis and Matthew West, and sung by Matthew West. Even our kids have gotten the lyrics stuck in their heads. Here is the chorus:

I'm fine, yeah I'm fine oh I'm fine, hey I'm fine but I'm not

I'm broken

And when it's out of control I say it's under control but it's not

And you know it

I don't know why it's so hard to admit it

When being honest is the only way to fix it

There's no failure, no fall

There's no sin you don't already know

So let the truth be told

The speaker of the song is saying that he does not let anyone know how bad things really are. He puts on a fake smile and tells everyone who asks that his life is fine, when it is not. He does not tell anyone the truth of how he may be feeling. He is talking to God when he says "There's no sin you don't already know, So let the truth be told". I have gone to church services most of my life, and there is almost always chit-chat among the parishioners before and after service. Just as many other places where people are gathered, most people just make small talk. You know, conversation that is not very meaningful, but it is polite. But, when Believers are gathered together, they should be able to talk to each other about what is really going on in their lives. Believers are supposed to be Brothers and Sisters in Christ. They are to love one another, and encourage each other.

I need to confess something. I don't ask everyone "How are you?" My parents may say "we raised you better than that". I only ask people how they are doing if I want to know. I want to be able to give my attention to them, and move beyond the "I'm fine" answer. If I cannot give someone my time so we could have a more meaningful conversation (beyond the small talk), then I will just keep my greeting to a "hi" and "good to see you". By giving time for someone else, we can share in both their joys and their burdens, and they can share in ours too.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16

Do you know who always has time to listen to you? He will listen to your small talk, and he will even listen to you when you do not have the words. Although God knows everything you do, He still requires your confession.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26

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