If you were to take out a piece of paper and write down every single person you SPOKE with yesterday and bullet point what you talked about, what would be the main themes? Would it have been about who's going to win the Super Bowl? Would it have been about who's going to be the next President of the United States?
Often times, we can set our conversations with our closest relationships on cruise control- saving intentionality for the infrequent and forgetting to prioritize our inner circle. You're married, and you talked a lot yesterday, but did you REALLY talk about anything? Perhaps you went to lunch with your loved ones, but half of them were on their phones most of the time, and the ones who weren't didn't have much to add. You may have meetings this week where you spend hours talking about agenda items to keep the organization moving, but totally dismiss the tension brewing between co-workers that left unmanaged can cost valuable team members in the long run. We can do a lot of "catching up" covering the highlights our loved ones missed over the previous month or so, but then completely miss a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY to talk about the things that really matter.
Colossians 4:6- “Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out."(MSG)
Have you heard about a close friend making plans to divorce and your response was, "I didn't know they were having problems like that?” It's amazing how close you can be to someone and not really be that close at all. We can’t make our friends open up to us, but we can go the extra mile to let them know that we care. We ought to have conversations today that energize the people we are around. Our conversations should have great intention to help each other grow in our relationships with God and man.
EVERY CONVERSATION YOU HAVE today is an OPPORTUNITY to bring OUT the best!
Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to keep a guard at my mouth and a watch over my thoughts so that I will not sin against you. May I always lift You up in conversation so to give You the glory You deserve! I ask You to forgive me when I cross lines of idle conversation. That I will keep my words full of purpose and love. Help me see the opportunity in laying my life down for a hard conversation with someone who needs help, when I choose to take a moment to ask someone about what is important to them, remind me that I am doing Your will. I thank you for filling my thoughts and my words with Your wisdom and compassion.
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Quote of the Day: BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO START A CONVERSATION THAT MATTERS.
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