Kingdom Speak

There are certain people who always seem to speak with candor and verity–no pretense whatsoever. They have an eternal perspective, and their focus is constantly framed in truth.

My buddy Donald is one of those people.

He commented on a post the other day, and said something that really resonated with me the last couple days: he referenced “Kingdom-talk, son-speak”. While I can’t take full-credit for the blog post (my wife influenced pretty much all of it), that comment of Donald’s, in and of itself, was something that got me thinking…

That “Kingdom speak” he was talking about… I want that.

I want my words to be edifying and encouraging. I want to speak truth and grace. I want to communicate love, compassion, and a wholehearted commitment to the Creator.

…whether it’s in the home, at work, or in a blog post.

…not just in my words, thoughts, and actions.

I want my life to radiate this so called “kingdom speak”. Right now.

How has an e-buddy encouraged you? Go encourage someone today!

49 Comments

  • Brandon

    March 4, 2011

    Great story!

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    • Dustin

      March 4, 2011

      thanks for stopping by, brandon

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  • Michael

    March 4, 2011

    Several man. Several. I got a call yesterday from someone who I’ve come to love and respect. Totally breathed encouragement into me.

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  • Ben

    March 4, 2011

    I can’t say enough about our band of e-brothers. Seriously. My daughter even mentioned last night, “it seems like you have some really good friends in your webbernet-blog world.” At the moment we were talking about adoption during dinner, and how the day prior was a little discouraging only to be fed with bits and pieces of encouragement the following day.

    That spoke volumes, that she (10) could even see and hear the positive.

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    • Dustin

      March 4, 2011

      what a cool example! love hearing that.

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  • Jim F

    March 4, 2011

    First – I feel much better now that your picture is smiling at me and you do not look like you are gonna hurt me if I do not comment right.

    Second I get a lot of encouragement from so many e-buddies. I get DM’s on Twitter full of encouragement, comments on my posts, emails. It really is a great thing but the most important thing is if I say I need prayer – I got people who are praying already!

    Good Post!

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    • Dustin

      March 4, 2011

      haha, that is an eBuddy learning more about grace and less condemnation. :) thanks for sharing, jim!

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  • Donald Borsch Jr

    March 4, 2011

    D,

    Thanks for the kind words of affirmation! Yarrrr, indeed!

    E-brothers and sons. Great combination.

    Grazie mille!

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    • Dustin

      March 4, 2011

      You are the man!

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      • Donald Borsch Jr

        March 4, 2011

        D,

        I hope not. I know The Man, but I ain’t Him! If I were the man, things would change drastically ’round here, what!? :)

        Dustin, you and my e-brothers make doing what I do a blessing. Really.

        How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity, indeed.

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        • Dustin

          March 4, 2011

          No… just the man (lowercase m). :)

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  • Ryan Tate

    March 4, 2011

    “Kingdom-speak” – love it too.

    The encouragement and blessing found from others on the web never ceases to amaze me. Glad I found your blog today.

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    • Dustin

      March 4, 2011

      Absolutely. Thanks Ryan for stopping by!

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  • ThatGuyKC

    March 4, 2011

    I got a Twitter DM from Chris Goforth (@pacnwdadof6) that encouraged my writing and goal to be a good father & man. Totally inspired me.

    Sidebar: your Gravatar makes it look like you have an earring and sort of reminds me of The Situation. GTL lately? haha!

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    • Dustin

      March 4, 2011

      Chris is an amazing guy. He emailed me a few days ago… did the same thing.

      Re: my gravatar – that is amazing. It DOES look like I got an earring. And GTL? LOL (I looked it up on Urban Dictionary)

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  • Moe

    March 4, 2011

    Aww! So much love in the web tubes. :)

    First, Donald is my brother from another mother. I’ll take that guy with me to war. He’s the type of guy that will rather die than fall on his own sword like a coward. There are a few handful of others too (you know who you are).

    Second, I appreciate what you do here Dustin. This site has been a blessing to those of us who come here and put our feet up in your virtual coffee table and sip your virtual coffee.

    Third, there is a hidden “blessing” in encouraging one another. This is what we live for. Instead of asking (like the UPS commercial): “what can brown do for you?”, let us ask, “how can I encourage someone today?”.

    Words of wisdom speak you, young jedi.

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    • Dustin

      March 4, 2011

      Thanks, Moe – I appreciate that. You do the same for me! #brolove

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  • Jason

    March 4, 2011

    The only people that encourage me outside of my wife & one other person in my life are e-buddies. I don’t know what I would have done without them when I was at my lowest point and the people around me in real life were too preoccupied to show up.

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    • Dustin

      March 4, 2011

      Jason, that is awesome to hear. While we can’t forsake the people God has placed (physically) in our lives, He just as much put “eBuddys” in your life for the very same reason. Thanks for sharing!

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      • Keri

        March 6, 2011

        I think that what’s so amazing about faith based blogging is that it so quickly cuts to the chase. I agree with Dustin, that we should not forsake our relationships in real life. But, I’ve found that in real life, so often I have to wait (or force) the really real topics of faith to come up. But, through blogging, I am able to quickly share what is on my hearts-what God is teaching me. There’s no small talk, there’s no “do you know what I mean?” I think this is what had made my online relationships develop a sense of intimacy that some of my relationships IRL that are years old have not achieved. All that to say, I have been blessed to see that since I’ve started my blog, I have been able to achieve a deeper sense of intimacy IRL with others just because I have stepped out to open my heart to them. And, in turn they have opened their hearts.

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  • Kevin

    March 4, 2011

    Donald is a machine like that. Always challenged by his comments and perspective – in a good way. Solid.

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    • Dustin

      March 4, 2011

      Totally agree – “in a good way”!

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  • Ally Garner

    March 4, 2011

    Oh wow, i really needed to hear this today. I’ve read this post 4 times now. Sometimes you read/see/hear something & you just know the Lord is trying to teach you a growing lesson. This is one of those moments for me. Thanks so much Donald, Dustin & Jen for sharing!

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  • Sean Sabourin

    March 4, 2011

    Dustin,

    Well said. There is definitely a community building here. It is always encouraging when you and others such as: Donald, Ben, Adam, KC, Moe, Kevin, and others stop by and comments. Maybe one day some of us could begin to Skype or something like that?

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    • Dustin

      March 4, 2011

      You know you’re right – sometimes its the simple thing like a comment that can be an encouraging word. Shoot me an email and I’ll reply with my skype ID. I’m on skype all day long for work.

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  • Adam

    March 4, 2011

    E-buddies are awesome. Every comment that is left on my blog is an encouragement to me! Thanks for the encouragement you have been!

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    • Dustin

      March 4, 2011

      Sure thing, always appreciate your comments!

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  • Jay Cookingham

    March 4, 2011

    Meeting tonight with several brothers…PointMen…we call ourselves, our times together are priceless. These are the geographically close bros and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. However, the brothers I am meeting through blogs have been a huge blessing to my life.

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    • Dustin

      March 4, 2011

      PointMen… I like that. Really do.

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  • Jonathan

    March 4, 2011

    Dude…another great post. I definitely think that it’s so important to speak words of love. It’s so cool to connect with people and see how God can work through social media. Anyways, you’ve encouraged me! Not to be cheesy or anything, but I appreciate that you take time to read a twenty year old nobody’s stuff ;)

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    • Dustin

      March 4, 2011

      Man, it’s okay to be cheesy! And you’re certainly not a “nobody” …. that is not kindgom speak right there. ;)

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      • Jonathan

        March 5, 2011

        Ha! You’re right. I stand corrected :)

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  • Nathan

    March 4, 2011

    Well, I’m still fairly new around these parts, but I’ve grown to admire and respect you and your merry band of e-brothers. You guys still accepting members? ;)

    You’ve all been a huge encouragement to me and I don’t think my stumbling on all of you at the same time was coincidence. You definitely have the gift of encouragement – thank you.

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    • Dustin

      March 4, 2011

      Come one, come all! Welcome aboard Nathan.

      And… I know I’m glad you stumbled on over here… been cool getting to know you a little bit more!

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  • mo

    March 4, 2011

    lots of people told me I got my funny back. that was encouraging. although they’re probably just saying that so I’ll mention them in comments to other blogs.

    :)

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    • Dustin

      March 5, 2011

      lol I think you’re funny. :)

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  • mandythompson

    March 4, 2011

    My words have become more me-speak than kingdom-speak… And, of course, out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. Hoping my heart will become more kingdom-focused, rather than self-focused. I get sick of myself, anyways. :)

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    • Dustin

      March 5, 2011

      So true! It has to begin in the heart. Thanks for sharing, Mandy!

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  • seekingpastor

    March 4, 2011

    I am encouraged daily as I read tweets and blog posts and comments from others. It is a consistent source of help as I try to follow Christ.

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    • Dustin

      March 5, 2011

      Matt, you are an encouragement to me…:)

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  • Bryan Thompson

    March 6, 2011

    Dustin, simple and right on. I couldn’t have put it better myself. I want what I say to be what someone needs to hear in that moment. encouraging and edifying. Beautiful!

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    • dustin

      March 6, 2011

      great! as always, thanks for your comment/perspective bryan.

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  • Keri

    March 6, 2011

    Oh, “The Donald” speaks to us all, doesn’t he!? :)

    I love the idea of Kingdom-speak. I just heard an awesome analogy about how Kingdom-speak should draw others in to desire to know Christ. The author (not sure who it was, just heard a snippet) was saying that one day as she rounded the corner in the mall and came across the intoxicating aroma that is Cinnabon, she was instantly hungry. She instantly craved the ooey goodness that is a Cinnabon and wanted one immediately. She said our aroma should be just like that as Christians. The way we speak, act, love, should instantly draw others in-to realize, wow, she has something that I don’t have and I’m really craving that in my life. It was an awesome word picture that really resonated with me.

    There are people like that in my life who are such a recognizable force of His work in action that I can’t help but feel encouraged when I’m around them. And, people I have met online encourage me in that way as well. I don’t want to name names because I don’t want to miss anyone. Suffice to say, I learn from everyone I come across in this medium.

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  • dustin

    March 6, 2011

    what a great analogy. i like that… an aroma that is intoxicating… instantly hungry. :)

    (cinnabon sure is tasty, btw)

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