Communication. It’s always present, even when we choose not to communicate. The communication grapevine is ever growing. Think about how many times you’ve created your own thoughts and opinions about someone while you’re sitting in a public place just people watching. We are always portraying some type of message and we’re always in receipt of some type of message as well. Are we delivering the message we are intending to deliver? And as Christians, I think the communication microscope is even more magnified. How we act is how others perceive Christianity. Our attitude towards others represents Christ to them. Good acts and bad. What type of portrayal do we want to communicate? “Humble yourselves, therefore under God’s might hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1Peter 5:6-7

Choosing not to communicate causes others to develop what they believe is actually right and correct, even when sometimes it isn’t. There are of course times when it’s best to keep quiet and let whatever construed communication that occurs develop. Sometimes it is best not to share the full story.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25

Gilbert Amelio, President and CEO of National Semiconductor Corp. had this to say on communication…”Developing excellent communication skills is absolutely essential to effective leadership. The leader must be able to share knowledge and ideas to transmit a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others. If a leader can't get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn't even matter."

And sometimes, if not all times, “Giving is the Best Communication.” Please watch this short 3 minute video and you’ll see what I mean.

Dear God, teach us to be excellent communicators and to be pleasing in your eyes as we communicate with others, both verbally and non-verbally. May we reflect a positive Christian attitude that shares love and light to all. May we also share the gifts you have so freely given to us: our time, talents and treasures. Amen.

Wendy Saathoff

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