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Conversational Focus

The older I become, the more I am realizing how I spend time and the conversations I am having with those whom I spend time.  It is an interesting awareness which I am finding, more and more, makes me conscious of my part in dialogues.  Let’s face it:  We, each of us, have a responsibility when communicating—as the listener and the talker.

Yeah, yeah, yeah….I know you’ve heard this before.  I had too, but recently I had an experience which reminded me that people will use you as their audience to justify their point of view and how easy it is to be that audience for them when you lose your conversational focus.

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A second time they summoned the man who had been blind.  “Give glory to God,” they said.  “We know this man is a sinner.”  He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know.  One thing I do know.  I was blind but now I see!”  —John 9:24-25

People will see Truth in you.  They understand the value of your concurrence.  You better understand your worth—spiritually.  It has physical manifestations…and you better believe an audience that tunes in nonstop.

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  • A second time they summoned the man….”  Don’t sleep on this!  Just because you think a conversation is over does not mean that everyone has let it go.  Isn’t it funny how gossip seems to go on and on and on?  Truth will stop it every time though.  Don’t Get Caught Up
  • We know this man is a sinner.”  Note:  Words spoken with authority are not always words of certainty.  Truth is Truth.  It does not need a majority vote.
  • The man’s response, however, impressed within me an “Aha!”

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Here, I saw a perfect example of the application  of conversational focus.  In short, he was not persuaded by the excitement surrounding the discussion.  He was not influenced by the person speaking to him nor his entourage.  Fear was secondary.

Instead, this man did two things.  He listened and when he spoke, he spoke only Truth.  When you speak, do you only speak Truth?  Were you blind and now can see?

Reminder, Focus

There are so many injustices in this world that I seem to be sensitive to that in times past I have found it easy to lose myself in the struggles of “other” people. Interestingly, it was through this self-discovery that I learned that I am a passionate advocate. I did not always know what to do with this passion, especially when it met that familiar sound of……crickets.

But God said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?”
“I do,” he said, “I am angry enough to die.”
But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?”
—Jonah 4:9-11

Recently, I received a biblical reminder, “Focus”. You see, in this scene I was designated a “leader” amongst a group of people and I had been tasked with a particular assignment. I was not, at all, enthused by this but I understood the importance of my role, so I did my part as best I could. Distractions surrounded me. People blatantly disrespected one another; spirits of intimidation and jealousy circled. At another time, I may have entertained them, but this time completing my assignment was most important. Have you ever completed a job, unsure of what others thought about it but knowing that you did your best? That was my situation and that was enough. At the end of the day, I confidently went home.

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For the next few days, I had a series of talks with God about spiritual warfare and about the antics some Christians have adopted when they feel their “status” threatened. It did not take long for God to answer me, very directly. I read Jonah and took away a simple message, “FOCUS. Let God tend to the vine.” Admittedly, I was losing focus and had become increasingly frustrated by the people…and by that familiar sound. I repented. A few days later, I received a blessing I may blog about at a later time. Won’t He do it!!!!

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