Posted by: pastordiehl   in Communication Principles

Just as the pastor was about to enter the pulpit of a small New England church, a woman in the congregation handed him a note requesting the congregation’s prayers for her husband. The note read: “Bill Adams, having gone to sea, his wife desires the congregation’s prayers for his safety.”

But the pastor was pressed for time and read the note a little too hastily, telling the congregation that, “Bill Adams, having gone to see his wife, desires the prayers of the congregation for his safety.”

Like the old game of telephone, communication breaks down when it passes through several different parties. Its always best to hear it from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. When we hear something third or fourth hand, it usually takes on the understanding of the most recent hearer, rather than the originator. Be careful what stories you pass on, they could get distorted.

Do you have a distortion story?

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karen myers

When I was young we had two heavy set woman come to our door and said they were from Watch Tower and wanted to talk to our mom, my brother yelled to our mom and said there are some woman here that want to talk to you about weight watcher. He got a little mixed up and really embarrassed my mom.

April 5th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

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