After church one Sunday, young Billy came by to see the pastor at the exit door. He handed the preacher a $10 bill, as he said, “This is for you!”
The pastor said, “Why, Billy, you don’t need to give me $10. What is this for?”
Billy said, “You need it more than I do. My dad says you’re the poorest preacher he’s ever heard.”
While Billy meant well, he sent an unintended message. He embraced the teaching of Christ – “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). But the message the pastor received was less flattering.
In recovery, how we communicate matters as much as what we communicate. Think about those you have hurt – your spouse, children, church, friends. Making amends is a huge part of recovery. Ask God for ways to communicate the right message the right way at the right time.
Recovery Step: Find ways to communicate the feelings of your heart to those who matter most.