Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
The Wisconsin State Journal once asked some of the nation's largest corporations to share their most unusual experiences interviewing prospective employees. Here are just a few examples:
- One job applicant challenged his interviewer to arm wrestle
- A balding candidate for a position excused himself, then returned wearing a full hairpiece
- Another applicant interrupted the questioning to phone her therapist
- There was the guy who muttered, "Would it be a problem if I'm angry most of the time?"
Yes, these people have issues with communication. But it's not a stretch to say that many of us have the same kinds of shortcomings when it comes to communicating with our families, friends, coworkers, and even God.
We need to ask God to help us communicate—effectively and clearly. We need to work on expressing what's in our hearts in a way that blesses the people around us.
"Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you."
- William A. Ward (1921-1994)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.