Communication vs Assumption

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

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“The majority of the mistakes that I made in the first half of my days as a leader were not due to my [very real and ever present] limitations in knowledge or spirituality.

The majority of my mistakes took place when I made assumptions about people and/or situations, rather than communicating early in a process.

The acts of communication circumvent the landmines of assumption.”

( David J. Hall )

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The Whispers & Roars of a Pastor

“A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.”

~ Proverbs 19:12

Pastors, as leaders our words, our expressions, and the tones with which we communicate, they are felt by those whom we serve with extra sensitivity.

A rebuke softly spoken is still felt and heard as “the roar of a lion,” and a compliment spoken in passing is experienced like a beautiful morning sunrise that is filled with the aroma of the dew on the grass.

As leaders, we must wield our words with absolute caution, as they are our scalpels for surgery, and not axes for the beheadings of the people around us.

Our passion may fuel our emotions to the point of wanting to “with righteous indignation” drop a 500 pound smart-bomb on a person or group, but the above Proverb reminds us of the power we as leaders have to kill… or to refresh.

Pastor, what is a 10% output to you is felt as a 90% force for good or evil by the people with whom we communicate.

Let us walk gently [among the people whom we serve] unto life and godliness.

See you at the altar of Pastoral character development.