Communication Brings Restoration
Throughout the Bible, the reader is commanded to see and listen just like the people the stories are about. It makes you think that seeing and listening are important. In fact, I gave it some thought today and realized the best advice I could give someone who wants to grow in their walk and in life is to become an effective communicator.
We all think we communicate pretty well, but if we were to take a closer look we’d see we all need some improvement, especially today when there are so many means of communication. We don’t just talk to each other anymore, we email and text probably more than we speak.
Communication is not just about what is said or written but also how it is said or written and the flow of response and the timing of response. And don’t forget motive. I mean communication is not one-sided; it often involves more than two people. So with all of these facets and moving parts it is no wonder miscommunications happen.
But how well you communicate can significantly impact the quality of your life. God tells us in the Bible that we often don’t have what we want or need because we don’t ask God for it (James 4:2). People will say that God knows their heart and He absolutely does but He specifically told us to pray and make our requests know to Him (Philippians 4:6). So we have to effectively communicate with God using prayer.
Jesus said, “These people have become close-minded and hard of hearing. They have shut their eyes so that their eyes never see. Their ears never hear. Their minds never understand. And they never return to me for healing!” (Matthew 13:15).
This text tells us that restoration begins with communication. We must open our eyes and our ears and our minds to understand and then Jesus can do the restorative work He died to do in your life.
Ask God to make you an effective communicator. You will see your relationship with Him grow but also you will see your relationship with others improve as your communication improves.
I have a weird job that allows me to work with the same people over several months but not in close quarters. So I don’t get to see them day-to-day. This gives me an advantage when we need to assess the root cause of errors or issues. I am familiar enough to know some things about the group, but outside of the group enough to see potential weaknesses. I can tell you that 90% of the time, issues and errors arise and are repeated due to poor communication skills. Some people are oppressed with spirits of confusion and so simple tasks get convoluted and because it is a work environment we use more email than face-to-face communication. All these things are key in how well a person communicates.
It has forced me to constantly assess my communication skills and to also understand that one person in the office may need an email and a call versus another person in that same office who may just need one email.
If your prayers don’t seem to be making an impact or you are not being as effective a leader or spouse or parent as you would like, do some self-assessment of your communication skills and go to God in prayer and ask Him to make you the communicator you need to be. It will enrich your life all around!
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