Choosing your words carefully is not just a matter of semantics. It’s a matter of caring enough about the people you talk to, to adopt a mode of expression that is as rich in compassion as it is in the passion you feel towards making your point.
It’s a practice that stems from a realization that there’s no point you can make that’s more important than the dignity of the person you’re talking to.
The problems we complain about, the demands we impose, the questions we ask, the truths we proclaim, the convictions we defend, the details we explain–they all take a back seat to the intrinsic nobility of the human soul.
Take respect out of the equation and all you have is a self-gratifying rant that, to borrow a phrase from Ravi Zacharias, “generates more heat than light.”
Consider St. Paul’s words in his letter to the people of Corinth: “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.”
Here’s today’s two cents:
There’s always time for respect. If there isn’t enough time to figure out a way to communicate respectfully, there isn’t enough time to communicate, period.