How we communicate and to whom is not easily mastered at any age.  As a young child, we tend to point and garble our words.  School is where we learn our language, how to express feelings, the incredible hardship of learning where an apostrophe goes and how to spell it.  Why one word can have so many meanings, etc.  Eventually we master language.

But to whom – isn’t always easy either.  We speak differently to our family and loved ones, than we do, say – our  employer, or waitstaff.  We tend to speak down to our children and pets, and sing-song like when happy or joyful.

Put these two concepts together — and there the trouble begins.  We may have a particular “tone of voice” which is impossible to translate on text.  Our attitude may be front and center, instead of what we are trying to accomplish (what is on our mind).

1 Corinthians 14:7  Even musical instruments—the flute, for instance, or the harp—are examples of the need for speaking in plain, simple English rather than in unknown languages. For no one will recognize the tune the flute is playing unless each note is sounded clearly.
Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be gracious as well as sensible, for then you will have the right answer for everyone.
Not only speak kindly to others, but YOURSELF.  We can become our own worst enemy with negative self talk (and thinking).
And always spend time in prayer, this is the ultimate conversation!

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