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Archive for March 21st, 2011

Part 1 – Good stewardship

I hope today is the greatest day for you! I really do! That is a sincere wish from me to you. Lots of people greet others with, “Hi, how are you doing?”, but do they really mean it? There are days at my church where I hear this over and over with barely a breath taken between. So, do we say things we don’t mean? Is it just the ‘right’ thing to say? Why does it matter?

What comes out of our mouths should equal what we are saying with our bodies and minds. I was having a really bad day last year when a leader in my church said, “Hi, how are you doing?” as he was rushing past never pausing to hear my response-and yes, I had one. Later, when I said something about it- that we shouldn’t ask if we don’t expect a response-he said that I should have physically stopped him. Yeah, I’m going to hobble after someone so I can tell him I am having problems? No, I don’t think so especially when I was having trouble standing at the time. This is an example of poor listening though there is more to the story. If we don’t have time to talk (and listen) we should not ask!!!  I don’t like words that are hollow. Mean what you say and say what you mean. And, we need to train ourselves to say nice and positive things and become active listeners even when we don’t really want to or feel that we don’t have time to do so. Life is a jigsaw puzzle but ever changing. We are made to fit together, one piece with another. But, we are living individuals there to support each other.

Note:  This is part 1 of a 3-part series. I hope that your life is blessed in some way by this series of postings ~and~ there may be some delay in my responding on my blog this week, but I’m still here. The family is off well, that’s a given 🙂 – but, no one is working or has school this week.

Happy Gardening and may your listening skills become sharper with age!

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