We just started a new series at our church called Speak, and I am really looking forward to the upcoming weeks as this series is going to deal with ways to communicate, how we speak to one another, how we pray and so forth.
Being a blogger of sorts, how we use our words is something that is always on my mind. We may or may not choose our words carefully, but our choice of words, speech, and overall communication we choose reflects our values, principles, and basically who we are as a person. Since communication in 2008 has a lot to do with the Internet, how we talk to each other and treat each other online can be of great importance as well, especially when we don’t have the ability to see body language, mannerisms, and many times speak in a more harsh texted tone.
The scripture chosen to be the backbone of this series is Psalms 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” In keeping with this, I thought about the different ways we communicate. Face to face, phone, text, email, blogging, and many others. One I have picked up recently is called Twitter is quite interesting since it is an ongoing record of what you have said to someone.
Something that was mentioned at the service is if you could listen to all your words in the day, what would it sound like. Well, Twitter is not a total of words spoken, but it is a snap shot of what you said to others in a day, so I am posting a digest of tweets (as they are called) on my personal journal blog each day so I can look back at the day in words. My first post is up and will be shown under the same heading each day, called Daily Twitter Updates for 2008-05-10, but the date will change of course. One thing that jumped right out at me after looking at the first post is how much I use a smile face. My son hates this, but I guess it is in my nature. Oh well, guess that is old school in me.
Hopefully I will be able to look back at the category for the twitter digests and see that I have learned something over the next series. What are your favorite ways to communicate? Have we lost the interest to communicate face to face because of the electronic communications?