Communication is Key


"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." - Ephesians 4:29

On April 14, 1912, the radio operator on the ocean liner Californian in the North Atlantic turned off his set and turned in for the night. This was not unusual. In those days, there were no laws requiring ships at sea to keep a radio operator on call 24/7, and no experience that suggested it was the smart thing to do.

After all, ships had sailed the seas since time immemorial without access to the nearly magical technology of radio communication. But that night, of course, was when the Titanic sank and over 1,500 passengers and crew perished. The doomed liner was only a few miles from the Californian, and though the Titanic’s radio operator desperately called for help after lookouts spotted the Californian, no one on board that ship was listening, so no one could respond to save what likely would have been hundreds of people.

Historians can point to other factors that prevented help from reaching the Titanic, but one of the results of the tragedy was that laws were enacted requiring ships to provide enough radio operators to keep the equipment on 24 hours a day.

My friends, If we're not in communication, we can't hear each other, and we can't help each other. Let us communicate in ways which build up, fit the occasion and give grace to those who hear us.

Lord, thank You for Your grace, love and mercy. Thank You for the relationship that we have with You, we pray that it continues to grow! Thank You for working in our lives and leading us through transformation! Please help us to grow in the area of communication, that we can talk to each other kindly and respond in love to each other. Help us not to be selfish or pursue things that will only benefit us, but rather help us to keep each other in mind. May Your words be on our lips daily. Amen.
Oct 4 2017