Daily D – Nehemiah 8:8
They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read. (NIV)
They read from the Book of the Law of God and clearly explained the meaning of what was being read, helping the people understand each passage. (NLT)
The task of honest communication is clear understanding. Never be clever if it obscures clarity.
For example, “obscures clarity” is a perfectly acceptable and meaningful word pair. The word “obscure” as used here means to conceal something. The word “clarity” means intelligible.
Let’s try it again. Do not hide the clear meaning. Speak or write the clear meaning.
There is an assumption we should make when we attempt to explain something. The assumption is people who place themselves in positions to learn from us have an important request in mind. The request is the simple phrase, “Help me understand.”
A new friend asked a question over dinner last night. He wanted to know how I lead a particular training process. His question lacked precision. Or better, his question was not clear. It was too broad. I replied, “Tell me more.” His next question added the information he assumed the first time.
Speak and write simply without becoming simplistic.
The simple reading and explanation of what God had said to his people so many years before brought people to tears. Truth is powerful. It stands well on its own two feet.
The two basic rules of effective communication are
* Keep it simple.
* Make it clear.
I will speak and write the truth simply and clearly.
Our Father, thank you for making your words of truth and life easy to understand. Empower us to communicate your words in a manner those who hear them or read them can easily understand them. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.