November 20, 2016

Conversation Generosity

I had a great conversation last week with one of my co-workers, or at least I thought I did.  About halfway into our chat, I realized I had been doing most of the talking.  I never let him speak or get a word in edge-wise because I was too busy telling him what I wanted to tell him! I wanted to make sure I got in all I wanted to say.

Have you ever done this?

Or have you ever been on the receiving end of something like this?

A Real Christian Businessman realizes that conversation generosity is something that we should be doing on a regular basis.  Whether this involves interactions at work, or if it involves interactions at home, we need to be reminded today that it is not so much about us as it is about the other person.

We need to allow other people to do most of the talking – particularly when they are talking about themselves.  We need to show compassion and intentionality with our ears and our body language so that we are conveying to others that we actually do care about them and what they have to say.

 “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” Prov 18:2 ESV

Let’s both try this week to practice more conversation generosity, and allow the other person we are with to do most of the talking.

It will help prevent us from looking like the “fool” that is mentioned above…


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