Daily D – Proverbs 16:21
Proverbs 16:21 The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive. (NLT)
Winning friends and influencing people is frequently a matter of understanding what is going on and finding a pleasant manner of explaining it to others.
People think you are wise when you understand and explain things simply and pleasantly.
One of the first college classes I entered was under the instruction of a man who apparently hated students. He talked to us as if he could not believe how ignorant we were. He was altogether unpleasant in every way.
A wise bit of advice from another professor noted how professors are people too. She said we should make an appointment early in every semester with each of our professors. We were to ask what the professor’s goals were for the class. We were to get to know them as individuals with hopes and dreams and hobbies.
This was, and is, good advice. The communist political science professor made this more challenging than it had to be. So did the aforementioned professor who did not care for college students. He was not only unpleasant in class, he was at least as unpleasant in person as we sat in his messy office. I got the feeling I was wasting his time by breathing his air. I waited in vain for words of wisdom.
A couple of other professors came to my rescue. They gave positive, focused attention. They wanted to know me and my hopes and dreams. They helped me believe I could learn and master the subjects that would turn those hopes and dreams into reality. There was never an unpleasant encounter with either of these professors, even when I turned in less-than-inspiring work.
You are the teacher now. What you say and how you say it makes all the difference in the world. Help others understand what you understand. Find the kindest, most pleasant way to do it. This is simple truth. Simple truth is doubly powerful.
I will help others understand what I understand, and I will do so pleasantly.
Our Father, please deliver me from superiority and irritability. Empower me to gently instruct those who do not know what I have come to understand. Empower me to do so with kindness and pleasantness. Thank you for your gentle whisper. It is ever so much more influential than angry shouting. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.
Psalm 52:8, 9 ”But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.“