Excel in Communication
As a former school principal, I had the opportunity to see many different styles of teaching and teachers – both good and bad. I remember observing a new teacher struggle through a lesson one day. Numerous student had hands raised with question after question. When we had a chance to sit down and discuss the lesson, the young teacher stated, “They never listen, they always ask tons of questions that I already went over!” I then posed this question, “Have you ever thought that maybe it’s not the students and that maybe it’s how you are communicating the lesson to them?” It was then that a light bulb went off in the teacher’s head. A new, much better teacher was born that day.
~A similar principle applies to the workplace, particularly when it comes to communication. If you are constantly being misunderstood, or constantly having to repeat yourself, the problem isn’t your colleagues and employees. It is you. Communication mistakes in the workplace are not limited only to misunderstandings, but also to ineffective communication – sharing too little or too much – and the lack of a communication strategy. Poorly managed communication within the workplace can easily lead to poor motivation, and even conflict.
~Excerpts taken from: Avoiding Common Workplace Communication Mistakes, by Chris Meier.
Do you have misunderstandings about God? Are you not sure of why things happen the way they do? When is the last time you communicated with Him? Have you read the Bible recently? Or prayed? The Bible is very clear on both topics. So what’s holding you back?
Jesus teaches us how to pray in what is known as The Lord’s Prayer.
Mathew 6:5-13 – When you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, enter your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 But when you pray, do not use vain repetitions, as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their much speaking. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what things you have need of before you ask Him.9 “Therefore pray in this manner: Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name.10 Your kingdom come; Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
“Dear Lord and Heavenly Father, help us communicate more frequently with You. Help us to set time aside each day to read Your word. Help us to pray each and every day. Help eliminate the distractions that keep us from You. It’s in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.”