Once in a while I am reminded about the weight of words. Sometimes I think they can be one of the most ineffective ways to communicate, especially the written word. A therapist friend told me that when he is speaking to someone he has the advantage of reading body language. If something doesn’t come out right he can do damage control right there. With the written word a person doesn’t have that luxury.
Recently, I was exchanging emails with someone I haven’t seen or talked to in about 10 years. Our emails drifted into talking about spirituality. I carry some spiritual baggage for sure, especially about organized religion, and how man has used Gods name for his own agendas. As I am hopefully growing I am finding the beauty of the community of believers and being a part of that. Well long story short, I made a comment that offended him and things he believed in. To make matters worse I didn’t support my comment as to why I felt that way. At first I didn’t understand why he was offended but when I re read the sentence, with it standing alone and him not knowing my spiritual journey, I got it.
So with all of that, it’s really had me remembering the weight of words, and how if I’m not careful I can create great misunderstanding. Maybe that’s what it comes down to, I didn’t say what I really meant to say and ended up being misunderstood, and offending someone.
Whether or not he and I agreed or not isn’t the point, because I fight to be free to pursue my Creator in my way and he and everyone else is due the same. I respect all walks. The elders in my life were a great influence on my hunger for God although I didn’t walk their walk. I have sought Christ and I have found him, and that’s all I wish for everyman in his tongue and in his way.
So I’m sure when I’m done writing this and posting it, I will re read it and want to edit it. I will feel like I still didn’t explain myself well enough. I will keep trying. Peace to you all as you journey along.