It is all in how you say it.
When you think about it is kinda funny how true that is. How the same ideas, thoughts, and opinions can sound totally different all depending on how you say them. I am thinking mainly about how I keep telling Timothy this but he just isn't getting it.
What brought this to the front of my mind this morning was our weekly bible study. Something the author of the book said just really didn't sit right with me. It actually kinda bothered me, especially since this woman is one of my favorite study writers. Then someone else in the group said basically the same thing in a different way and I thought okay I can see that.
It isn't that Priscilla Shirer was wrong and my friend was right. It is that the way my friend said it resonated with me and the way Priscilla Shirer said it didn't. Got me to thinking about why we have four gospels even though they basically tell the same story over and over but that my friends is another post for another day.
Anyway that led me to think about how to get this across to Timothy. Only with him it isn't his choice of words. Not usually anyway, with him it is his tone of voice and his body language. I think when he is talking to his sister he can make Thank You sound like I hate you. His answer "I don't know why she got her feelings hurt all I said was thank you."
That led me to think about how we deal with people in general.
I was thinking about how many times a day I have told someone they weren't important enough for me to listen to or talk with. Have I EVER said that to a single person? Not with my words but yes with my actions. When I stay on my cell phone while a cashier at Walmart checks me out. When I keep surfing the internet while I listen to Caitie's latest story. When I act frustrated when I have to take out my ear buds on my latest audiobook. It is all in how you say it.