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Friday, October 13, 2017

Think About It

Pastor B.J. Knefley

Assuming that everyone reading this speaks English, what dialect do you speak? Oh you didn’t know that we had different dialects? Listen to how people talk from different parts of the country and you’ll soon learn that words have different meanings depending upon where you are from.

My wife and I grew up in the same state, but our parents came from different parts of it. Hers grew up in the New York City area while mine grew up in rural New York. Guess what? We talk different. This really became pronounced when we got married and we tried to communicate. She would use words in a way that I wouldn’t understand and visa versa. I tend to pick my words very carefully, so when we would talk I would often have long pauses because I was thinking about what words I wanted to use. I can tell you that my silence drove her crazy, not that living with me wasn’t crazy enough.

The greatest and yet most difficult task we have in this world is communication. With the use of social media, text messaging and email we can send and receive information within seconds, yet be completely misunderstood just as quickly. That coupled with different understandings of phrases and words, communication can quickly go down the drain. So what are we to do?

The Message Bible states Matthew 5:37 this way, “And don’t say anything you don’t mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it. You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.” The next time you want to react to something that was said learn to ask if what you heard is what was meant. You’ll solve and avoid a lot of miscommunication. Think about it.

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