Hello, my name is Kelly, and I have a dirty mind.
Before you freak out and call the pastor's wife police, hear me out.
There's something in my brain that causes me to make connections between totally unrelated topics. I can "that's what SHE said" with the best of them. My husband will say something and I'll give him the raised-eyebrow look. He'll say, "WHAT?" At which point I'll repeat what he said, with a slight change in inflection, and off we go into double-meaning land, which I think is probably OK between married people in the privacy of their own anywhere-other-people-aren't-around.
Having said that, unless the devil gets my tongue, I do refrain from speaking connections I unintentionally come up with. (Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt... Colossians 4:6) (May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14)
Then why am I talking about this? Well, I think that when used properly, the abililty to tie one topic into another can be used in a really awesome way. Proverbs 31:26 says "She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue." But how do you speak with wisdom and give faithful instruction without sounding like a holier-than-thou know-it-all? I think by tying things together.
For example, at TWIRL, I always do a segment called "Things That Twirl". The first time, we talked about how dancers, when they do multiple turns, they have a "spot" that they fix their eyes on every time around, so they don't wander or get disoriented. In the same way, we should fix our eyes on Christ every morning so that as we go through life, we won't wander away from Him or get disoriented!
Last week's Twirl girls got to hear about toilet water, which twirls "'round the bowl & down the hole"...so often life is like that...a cycle of insanity. And we need to stop doing the same thing "over and over again, and expecting dirfferent results." I pushed the Twirl chicks to stop the insanity and get help.
In a moment of pause onstage at Crossing Recovery this past Thursday, worship leader Sharon Holland was having trouble with her guitar. My silly brain went straight into double-meaning mode, and I piped up with something like, "This is metaphorical for our need to stay in tune with Jesus every day!" Which, of course, got a chuckle. Not exactly life changing, but Sharon did mention it in her blog.
In everyday events, we can see quick sermons. We just need to keep our eyes and ears open for these opportunities.
And here's the other part. In order to sieze these moments, we need to KNOW scripture; we need to KNOW the wisdom of God. Then we can be ready to grab those opportunities to pull a "that's what HE said" about our God.