The Christian Public Servant – “a Christian communicator”

June 21, 2017 – Wednesday

James 1:19(b) [NIV] be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry

I’m a single mother raising two children, working full-time, and in graduate school at night. It’s not easy, believe me. Too often the stress builds up, and this can affect home, workplace, and classroom.

Scripture says communication is important. But communication through Christ is not the same as communication through secular means. It’s not a quid pro quo. It’s not trying to out debate someone. It doesn’t consist of shouting and angry outcries.

Scripture requires me to be a Christian communicator. This means I must show an obedience to listening when it comes to conversations with God. Being a Christian communicator means being slow to speak when it comes to seeing and understanding the needs of my children. Being a Christian communicator means I need to be real slow to anger, including when it comes to my workplace and classroom. Scripture gives a prescription for checking my emotions and freeing me from the bounds of my situation.

Are you under stress? Are you like me – a single parent, with a full-time job, and enrolled in night school? Sure, you are doing important things that will improve your family and advance your career. But are you a Christian communicator? Or are you willing to communicate just like everyone else in the secular world?

As you go to work today, think about what scripture says about communication. Listen well, then speak, and check your anger. Be a Christian communicator.

Father, help me learn how to communicate by listening to You, my children, those in my workplace, and those in my classroom. Teach me how to measure my words so I can deflate my emotions. Help me to cope through these stressful times. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Veronica Gates
Special Project Officer IV
Office of Oral Health
Mississippi State Department of Health
Jackson, Mississippi USA
and MPA Candidate
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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