Thursday, August 21, 2008

Beginning to gather my thoughts.... :D

Thanks, Karna. Like I never post, dear one? LOL! I blog without obligation, but I would love to be able to be a little more consistent. :::sigh:::

ANYWAY. :) Here's the jumping-off place for my thoughts.

Let's define our term. :)

Interpersonal communication: First word, "interpersonal", means "between two people". "Communication" means "a delivery of a message via both direct (the words one uses) and indirect (nonverbal, "body language", tonal delivery, etc) channels."

:D Did I lose anyone yet? In other words, interpersonal communication is something we use every time we talk to another person. To COMMUNICATE is to make a two-way street of sending and receiving information. If it's not getting through, you're not communicating! :) Does that make sense?

As humans, the indirect channels are the ones that actually deliver about 90% of our message - and BOY, if they aren't mis-interpreted half the time! The way you're standing when you say something, the vocal range you use, the eye contact you do or don't maintain - all SORTS of things go into the way we "say" things.

As Christians, it's vital that we deal with each other in love. If you use an online Bible, you can find hundred of references for the phrase "each other" - and many of the ones in the New Testament tell us to LOVE EACH OTHER - in no uncertain terms. It's the second greatest commandment, according to Jesus - the SOURCE of our love for each other. Must be pretty important, don't you think?

But HOW do we do that? One "message" at a time. :) As I continue with this topic - and it may not be every post, but be something that's definitely a thread through the next few weeks - we'll talk about the ways we're shown in Scripture to deal with each other, even in conflict. It's there, in black and white; if we choose not to hear the message, you've cut off the channel of communication with GOD!!

I pray that this topic will allow us to examine the way we deal with the important people in our lives: our spouses/significant others, if applicable; our families, our friends, our non-Christian friends, and the PEOPLE who make up the Church.

Be BLESSED, dear one! I hope you'll take this little beginning of a topic, and think about it. Examine it; I don't want anything of *my words* to take root in your heart - but if God has spoken to you through this post, don't turn off that communication!!!!


Becky in East Tennessee said...

Awwwww very good post dear one. Intriguing.

KARNA said...

Oh look how good I am at my interpersonal communications!!!! It spurred Lori on to begin today!

Joking aside, I don't want to obligate you to blog but I was just so anxious to hear what you had to say on the subject.

I already know trying to blog every day can be a headache LOL.

So thank you for today's posting and for taking the time to gather some thoughts - (she said nicely, with a smile on her face, arms ready to hug with no hidden agendas). :) hehe

Looking forward to this very much.

Mam said...

Great post. I was once in a church where the pastor was doing a 'series' on the "one anothers". If I'm not mistaken, and he did one each week, there were nearly 20 of them. I was only in that area for 2 or 3 weeks, visiting, and didn't get to hear them all. I've always thought I'd like to do a study myself on them.