A Thought About Miscommunication

A man once called the emergency line of a hospital…

Man: Nurse, please send an ambulance. My wife is about to give birth.
Nurse: Is this her first baby?
Man: No, this is her husband.

MISCOMMUNICATION.

How often are we victimized by this scoundrel? It happens in our marriages, work places, friendships and even in churches. It breaks agreements as well as hearts. It clouds reason and encourages insensitivity. It slithers its way into our boardrooms as well as our bedrooms.

In recent years, I realized that many disagreements and broken relationships are not brought about by malicious intents but simply by a breakdown in communication. Miscommunication brings about wrong presumptions and undeserved expectations.

What worked for me is this: Whenever I get offended or slighted by what seemed to me like an unfair situation, I decide to pause and try to see the other from God’s eyes. 

“Surely, he didn’t mean it.” I tell myself. “He always had a good heart. There must be some miscommunication somewhere… “.

Today, take a good look at your relationships. Are there any relationships that need some mending? Are there issues that need some clarification? Are there situations that would need some closure?

Decide to take steps this week to bridge some gaps by communicating. Really communicating. Without pretension. Without judging. Without prejudice. Just talking from the heart. And when we do, say a prayer that the Holy Spirit will take over and take it from there for you.

Peace, my friend!

Bobby Quitain

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