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Today's word with Dr. Bruce Chesser.
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I was doing some reading on the art of communication recently and I came across an interesting story.  It seems as though during the mid-1960’s the FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover, was looking over a letter which had been typed by his secretary.  He did not like the way that she formatted it.  Remember, this was well before the days of personal computers and word processors.  Everything had to be done by hand.  He scratched a note on the bottom of the page that said, “Watch the borders.”  He then asked her to retype the letter.
 
She followed his instructions and sent the letter to all of the top field agents of the FBI.  For the next two weeks, based on what they thought was a directive from Director Hoover, these top agents put all of their teams on special alert along the Mexican and the Canadian borders.  She had added his note to “watch the borders” to the content of the letter.  She misunderstood and, as a result, all of the field agents misunderstood, too.
 
Even simple communication is often misunderstood.  We should seek to be clear in our communication with each other.  In a day of text messaging and abbreviated comments it is even more important that we try to be clear.  Honestly, some things should not be communicated by email, text message or on Twitter.  You cannot read body language in an e-mail.  You cannot hear a person’s tone in a text message. Sometimes communication needs to be done face to face.
 
And, of course, our communication with the Lord is of utmost importance.  It is not just our desire to talk to the Lord, but it is also our willingness to listen to Him.  As a matter of fact, the first part of communicating might be learning to listen.  God will communicate with your today through His Word, through prayer, by the Holy Spirit, and sometimes through the wise counsel of others. 
 
Here is a word from the Word:
 
“So faith comes from what is heard and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
 
Have a great Monday!
 
Bruce
 
Vision 20/20 Reading Plan: Acts 13
 
 
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