Ashley from The Shine Project has challenged us to answer the question, ”If I could change one thing in the world, what would it be?”

I have a passion for missionaries – people who are being the hands and feet of Christ.  I could talk about the orphans and widows or the lost.  I could talk about clean water wells or malaria prevention.

But Ashley challenged us to write down the first thing that comes to mind.

The first thing that came to my mind was miscommunication and mistrust.

If I could change the world, I would eliminate miscommunication and mistrust.

So many issues between people start with not communicating properly.  I am amazed when people automatically assume someone is being negative towards them.  They don’t trust the person’s intentions.  Somehow they twist everything into an attack on them.  Rather than asking for clarification, they believe what their minds first assumed.

Communication is key.  Talk to each other.

How can I change this?

I am guilty of not communicating as well.  I will ignore the situation to try to spare feelings.  However, I usually assume people have good intentions.  Life is happier when you believe people are nice to you.  This causes problems, too.  By ignoring the situation, I come across as distant and non-talkative.  This can cause people to think I’m being mean since normally I am very talkative.

Rather than keeping my thoughts to myself, I need to initiate the communication.  I need to open up and talk about what’s bothering me.  Ignoring it doesn’t help.  It can just make things worse.  What’s the worst that talking can do?  It may make things worse temporarily, but not talking can make things horrendous.  When you don’t talk about the situation, people are left to their imaginations.  We can make up things about others.  We mistrust them and their intentions.

Being my best self means dealing with seemingly little things – taking care of relationships.

Being my best self means talking to God more – listening to God more, praying more.

Being my best self means being ok with being me – not worrying what other people think.

Lord, I pray that you will give me the courage to speak my mind, the patience to hold my tongue, and the wisdom to know what to say.

If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be?

Thanks for reading!