Posted: Tuesday, January 5
Verse of the day:
That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world. (Genesis 11:9)
Be it a family in crisis, a couple which is struggling, or just office tension, one of the greatest causes of stress in our lives is being misrepresented or misunderstood. Clear communication is vital to the strength of any relationship.
Imagine what it would be like if, when you awoke tomorrow, everyone in your family spoke a different language. Think about how frustrating it would be to come to a place of understanding. You would have to rely on body language, hand motions, and signs to help to do anything together. This would be an exhausting way to live. Now imagine that you got everyone into the car and drove to a mall, church, or other large gathering place. There you being to look for someone, anyone, that speaks your language. When you finally find someone that understands you, you would naturally begin to build a close bond with that person. You would begin to grow away from those that, even though they are family, don’t understand you.
Parents often wonder why they lose touch with their teens. When communication breaks down, we drift apart. When our teens find friends that “understand them,” they naturally push away from those parents that don’t speak their language.