Thursday, November 18, 2004

1 Reason to guard your words....
Today, one of my professors demonstrated a great reason to think first speak later. During a discussion about how to effectively make announcements, one classmate commented that their church used monitors stationed strategically around the facilities. She further commented that for people utilizing the nursery, they provided a paging system that vibrates and shows a number on all the monitors if there is an issue with their child. The discussion quickly moved from using vibrating pagers in church, to their use in restaurants (examples cited were the COCK of the walk, the ROOSTER, and Chili's). This is where it became apparent that there was a disconnect between the prof's generation and the student's generation. The word pager fell out of the conversation and the prof spent what seemed like five minutes or more talking about "vibrators" going off in pockets. The whole class was trying hard to keep from bursting out in laughter. Admittedly, I lost it when I saw two classmates laughing in the back. I was crying. The collective mentality in the room was roughly 10 years old, and the Prof never had a clue. To make matters worse, the Prof is a pastoral communications teacher and always espousing clarity when you speak.
Remember the words of Rush Limbaugh everyone, "Words mean things," and it is important to know what words mean to the people you're addressing.


Blogger Revenant29 said...

We all need to guard our words as well as our thoughts. I hope I don't step too hard on anyones' toes. Often there are times that someone says something and we automatically let our thoughts run wild as to what the person means as opposed to what they say. We allow satan to pervert our thoughts. Too many times we fall into this trap, myself included.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 NASB

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 NASB

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