In Numbers 10:1-10, the Lord tells Moses to make two trumpets out of hammered silver and to use them for things like calling the community together and telling the community to set out for its next destination. Notice the different signals God tells Moses to use. For example:
Sounding two trumpets = calling an assembly (v3, 7)
Sounding one trumpet = assembling the leaders (v4)
A trumpet blast = tribes on the east are to set out (v5)
A second trumpet blast = tribes on the south are to set out (v6)
What can we learn from this? When working with others, clear communication is essential. This might seem basic, but it's amazing how many marriages, teams, companies and organizations suffer due to a lack of clear communication. When I'm not clear in how I communicate with others, the result is confusion and misunderstanding. This in turn leads to wasted time and effort.
Question: How clearly do I communicate with others? Are there ways I should be clearer in my communication?
Besides being clear, there's another aspect to good communication. That's kindness. If I am clear but not kind in my communication, I can end up hurting others unintentionally. This too can lead to a different kind of wasted time and effort. As Proverbs 16:21 says, "The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive."
So as leaders in your homes, ministries, schools and workplaces, aim for communication that is clear AND kind. Your team will be happier and more effective as a result.
Great leaders communicate clearly and kindly.
Lord, thank You for always trying to communicate clearly and kindly with me. In the same way, please make me a great communicator, someone who communicates clearly and kindly with those I work with. For Your glory, may the teams I am a part of experience maximum productivity and maximum joy because we communicate clearly and kindly with one another. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN!