What we say and what others hear are often two different things.
We stayed with our grandkids this past Monday and Tuesday. I smile when I hear the words that the 3-year-old uses:
- going barefoot is “tippy-toe”
- a Kleenex tissue is a “tennis shoe”
- a mustache is a “stachio”
Why? Because that’s how she hears us saying those words, even though that’s not what we’re saying.
We mimic what we *think* we hear.
It’s cute when kids do it. They’re just learning.
But it’s not so cute when adults get our words wrong. They’re supposed to know better.
Relationship experts often suggest you ask your partner to mirror your words back to you, to see if you’re being heard correctly.
How does that work for you?
When Jeff and I do it, it’s rarely 100% accurate. When we repeat back what we heard, we usually get something wrong.
We may physically hear each other, but our filters get in the way of understanding each other.
So we have to try again. And sometimes again and again until we finally understand properly.
I’m guessing God does this with us a lot. He tells us something, then waits to see how we interpret his words.
We probably get it wrong the first several times with him too.
But we need not give up. We can listen again. We interpret again. Repeat. Again and again.
God has all the patience in the world to wait on us as we grasp to understand him. We never get it 100% right.
I wonder if he smiles at our misinterpretations like I smile at my granddaughter’s. . . .
Barb chose “Abide” as her One Word this year. Each month she has been going hard with God after this word and what it means in her life.
This past month, Barb wrote down many different words regarding Abide. Although her post is short, the meaning is deep.
Take a glance at the picture she shares at her blog, and see which words you most connect with as you abide in God.
Sometimes one word can explode into many.
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