Does the title of this article make sense to you?
Would it help you if I mentioned that it says “Good Communication” in Pig Latin?
Someone said, “The greatest mistake in communication is to believe that it has happened.”
This is true in life, friendships, marriage relationships, and work relationships. It is also true in church world.
The biggest task people in church world have is to communicate. This relates to preaching and teaching, but also to communicating vision and who is responsible for what in your organization.
We want to traffic in truth. We want to speak the truth and do it in a loving way – Ephesians 4:15.
What is at stake if we are sloppy in our communication? Clarity. What can happen if we weren’t clear? Confusion.
To be clear here, God cares about what we say, but He also cares how we say it.
I am trying to help you by encouraging clarity and good communication.
In my role at the church where I serve, I want things to be more clear, not more cloudy. I want clear communication, not chaotic confusion.
A phrase that can help us all in this area is, “Don’t communicate to be understood. Communicate to avoid being misunderstood.” The second way drives us to strive for clarity.
May this help you in your speaking, your communication with your staff, communication with new people, casting vision to others, communication with people in your community…really with everyone you come in contact with.
Is it harder to communicate to avoid being misunderstood? Yes. Does it take more time? Yes.
But will it be better in the long run? Yes, in a multitude of different way.
It can help you more if you start today.
May God give us clarity of mind, clarity of heart, and clarity of speech…for His Kingdom and His glory…amen.