Looking Behind – Stories (1st Third)
I am sure you have heard the phrase “you have two ears, two eyes and one mouth for a reason”? You probably have not only heard it but used it at one time or another. It is reasonable to say that having a healthy conversation is an art. Some may say it is a lost art. However, wanting to chat with one another is a common characteristic of most people.
I remember as a kid going to my Aunt’s house. The adults would sit around the kitchen table drinking tea or coffee while us kids sat quietly, at least that is how I remember it, listening to the adults share their stories. Table talk was very common at that time. As a society we have gotten further away from these kind of interactions. However, these interactions give people opportunity to learn from one another.
Can you picture the conversations Jesus would have had with his disciples. Imagine a small group of friends sitting around a campfire talking about their day’s experiences. There wouldn’t be much they didn’t share with one another in conversation. That could be a picture of Jesus and his disciples as they travelled throughout Israel. So, what makes life so different today? What can we learn about communication from the early disciples? Is it different to have a conversation online to having a conversation face to face? Why?
Looking Up – Worship (2nd Third)
“So may the words of my mouth, my meditation-thoughts, and every movement of my heart be always pure and pleasing, acceptable before your eyes, my only Redeemer, my Protector-God.” Psalms 19:14 TPT
“Reckless words are like the thrusts of a sword, cutting remarks meant to stab and to hurt. But the words of the wise soothe and heal. Truthful words will stand the test of time, but one day every lie will be seen for what it is.” Proverbs 12:18-19 TPT
“Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.” James 1:19-21 MSG
Looking Forward – Challenge (3rd Third)
Conversation isn’t about proving a point; true conversation is about going on a journey with the people you are speaking with. Ricky Maye
Deep conversations with the right people are priceless. Anonymous
One good conversation can shift the direction of change forever. Linda Lambert
Two monologues do not make a dialogue. Jeff Daly
Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory. Emily Post
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