• CH Buddy Winn


Is effective communication a challenge for you in your personal and professional relationships? When communicating in the army over a radio, we'll come up on the frequency and do a "commo check," asking the person on the other end how they can "read" us. The response is usually "loud and clear," but static, interference, and distance can cause us to come in as weak, broken, or unreadable, rendering our communication ineffective.

A Soldier uses the Rifleman Radio at Nangalam Base, Afghanistan. Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, U.S. Army
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue..." - Proverbs 18:21

As a leader, how effectively are you wielding the awesome power of words? Author Joseph Conrad wrote, "Words have power. They can bring either the greatest happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student. Give me the right word and I will move the world."

Words have a greater impact on your leadership effectiveness than you can possibly know. Are you maximizing your effectiveness as a leader by choosing words of life?

Be encouraged: communication is a difficult task without being compounded by the distance and stress of being deployed. If you'll purpose to improve your communication, your relational friction will be reduced, and you'll enjoy the benefits of clear sending and receiving. 

LEADER PRAYER: Father, we want to eat the fruit of life that comes from speaking grace-filled words. Help us submit to your wisdom that begins with living a holy life and is marked by getting along with others. May our interactions be overflowing with mercy and blessing, not inconsistent and contributing to conflict. May we be Your instrument in creating a healthy, resilient community that lives right with You. Amen.

Blessings on your week --

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