Solomon, a very wise man in his day, knew the importance of good communication. Proverbs 18:21 NLT says, “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” Good or bad, we will reap the results of how we communicate. Successful businesses even recognize the need for good communication.
A famous fast-food chain is known best for how they communicate to their customers by saying “my pleasure”. That same food chain will also sometimes ask, “Can I clear your tray?” as opposed to “Can I pick up your trash?” They are at their “A” game in communication, and have won numerous awards for being the most polite and friendliest food chain that currently exists. People have not forgotten their kindness, nor their careful choice of words.
The church is no different. In the world of communication, it adds value when we are at our best in communicating to others. Communication has always been a huge part of the local church. Early on in ministry, I quickly learned that if there is poor communication among church members and church leaders, then it is doubtful that the church will be very successful in ministry.
How we communicate has always been important, but in the past few months communication as risen to the top of things that we need to do
well. From phone conversations to on-line ministry, communication can speak life into a difficult situation. This is one reason that I have circled back around in studying this God-given gift of communication. My desire is to communicate with excellence!
Did you know that the average time a person spends on a single e-mail is 18 seconds or less a day? Being clear and concise in our text messages and e-mails are really important, and will often defuse any confusion. Being intentional with the subject line of an e-mail will help us to be more intentional with the content of our message. Sending messages and making phone calls at the correct time as always been key to connecting and communicating well with others.
Theodore Roosevelt once said, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”. Good communication will come from the heart. We have a great opportunity to be an encourager to a lot of people, through digital communication. We have a choice to build up, or to bring down. I choose to build!
So, encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” I Thessalonians 5:11
Thank you for communicating and connecting with others with excellence!