The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
Recently I read a book called Keep It Shut (I posted a review here on the blog), and it's had me acutely aware of how easy it is to miscommunicate. Despite how easily angered/offended most of us are, it's really easy to mean well but say something that riles people up. In this episode I wanted to explore that.
Highlighted Scenarios & Thoughts
- Culture plays a major role in how we communicate (e.g., I have offended people by saying "ma'am/sir" and I have offended people by not saying "ma'am/sir")
- Our past can cause us to be sensitive about certain topics (e.g., I have a male friend who is 5'2"; he goes from 0 to 100 when he perceives someone to be referencing his height)
- We are each responsible for our own self: it is my responsibility to manage my expectations and to express when something bothers me; it is also my responsibility to respect others and try to understand their view point
- There are lots of Bible verses about the dangers of the tongue!