WHERE SILENT LETTERS CAME FROM
As my following grew pretty quickly on twitter, I knew that it was time for a name change. It seems as though all young women drool at the idea of being a “Proverbs 31 Woman”, and I was no different. My email address, my twitter handle, all made known who I aspired to be.
Now, there is nothing wrong with wanting to be a Proverbs 31 woman. In fact, women should be striving to be such a woman. The issue, though, at least with me, was that I was boasting in that title. I was speaking as if I had already arrived at being that woman. Let’s be honest, very few of us have. So, I needed to dump all of that (not the striving, of course, but the name). I needed something that fit Jasmine, something that was true to my character and uniquely me. I could have just gone with my given name (though I’m glad that I didn’t. I would have had to change it once I got married), but I wanted something different. Something that would stick, something to represent who I am.
After a few days of thinking and praying, and some not-so-great ideas…. it came to me. THIS IS IT, I thought.
A SMALL DESCRIPTION
Silent Letters. As I said, I wanted it to represent me. So, the thought behind it is actually quite simple. When we are reading, we come across words that have “silent letters” in them. We all see the letters, but we do not say them or pronounce them. That doesn’t stop them from being there, that doesn’t stop us from seeing them, we just don’t say them.
I have found myself to be the person who cares to call out the silent letters in a word (or the world, if you will). The person who sees what everyone else sees (silent letters), but says what nobody will say, even though we are all seeing the same thing. I pronounce those “silent letters”. Where people tend to choose silence, I choose to speak.
Whether it be theological issues, social issues, race issues, etc. I find myself many times caught right there with the “silent letters”. They’re glaring off the page, so I’m calling them out.
Martin Luther once said, “you are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.” Even before having read that quote, that has really been something that I have lived by and felt the Bible teaches us. God holds us accountable for what we say (Matthew 12:36,37), but I also believe that when we neglect speaking where He tells us to (Isaiah 1:17. Romans 10:14), we will answer to Him, as well.