Inappropriate Greeting

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Daily Reading: Ezekiel 24:1-26:21, Hebrews 11:1-16, Psalm 110:1-7, Proverbs 27:14

Daily Verse: “Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing.” Prov. 27:14

Inappropriate greeting.

How, when, and why we say something matters. Choosing the right time and place with the proper intent makes listeners receive our words better. Knowing people well helps determine the best circumstances to talk to them.

One of my best friends starts her workday at 3:30 every morning. Whenever I wake up, whether 5:00 a.m. or 7:00, I know I can text her. However, not on her days off. I will never forget the morning I texted her on a Saturday and received this back:

“No texts before 8:00 a.m. on my days off.”

Now, I know the right time to contact her and try to respect her boundaries to the best of my ability.

To become a good communicator, ask people for the best times to reach out to them. Knowing people’s routines helps you understand the appropriate time to talk to them.

Bless people with your words by waiting for the right moment to share them.

Lord, forgive us for speaking at the wrong time. Please help us learn to wait for the right moment to share the news we have. Let us become better communicators as we think more about our listeners than our message. IJNIP. Amen

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