Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
“COMMUNICATION”….Please do not turn me off right away. We all are over-exhausted with diatribes about communication….stay with me, please.
Many people, regardless of their faith background or preference, have a connection with the Christian text from 1 Corinthians 13 – often called the “Love Chapter.”
Consider that the apostle Paul was “communicating” more about God’s love, than about our usual interpretation of “romantic love.”
The words of a 20th century hymn capture the dramatic difference: “Though I may speak with bravest fire, and have the gift to all inspire; and have not love, my words are vain; as sounding brass, and hopeless gain.”
Much of social media, tweets, and conversations are filled only with “bravest fire”…lacking any semblance of compassionate and respectful love. The culture is full of “sounding brass and personal gain.”
Communication is so much deeper than mere exchange of information. Communication is the engagement of persons in open and respectful dialogue leading to mutual learning, understanding, and growth.
Here at Bay Village we need continually to nurture and advocate that style in our daily “communication”: Administration, Staff, Employees, Residents. The core of Bay Village from the beginning has been a commitment to foster a spirit of “communicating God’s love” vs. “bravest fire.”
A possible motto: “SPEAK in such a way that others love to listen to you….LISTEN in such a way that others love to speak to you.”