We’ve heard it said that people don’t care what you say until they know that you care. This saying reflects the law of connection that John Maxwell often refers to in his study of leadership examples throughout scripture. The law of connection is this: “Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand.” By the way, if you have any interest in leadership, I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of “The Maxwell Leadership Bible”.
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“When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic, they became very quiet.” – Acts 22:2
Paul was being attacked by the Jews, even beaten. When the soldiers came in and broke up the disturbance, Paul asked if he could speak to the crowd. And as in many cases with Paul, he practiced the law of connection with the audience. He spoke to them in their native tongue. He showed them respect, and spoke in their words, and in a way that they would understand.
If we are having a hard time getting a message across, it might be time to look at our messaging. Do we understand our audience perspective? Can we talk with them in a way that they can connect with? Can we lean on how we are alike, instead of how we differ? Can we take the focus off of the dispute or disagreement and refocus and rally around a common goal? Perhaps that is all that it will take to have a productive conversation.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word today. We know that you speak to us through your living Word, providing all that we need when we need it. We draw close to you Lord. We seek you first. Thank you for revelation that comes through your Word each day. Fill us with your Holy Spirit. Let your Spirit be so abundant that it overflows for all others to see. Let others see our goodness Lord. Help us get out of our own way. We fully surrender to you lord, for direction in all that we say and do. Guide our very thoughts. We are so thankful for all that you have done, are doing right now, and will continue to do in our lives. Bless us here and now Lord, that others will know your goodness. We give you all the honor and glory, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
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