Today’s article is another installment in Brother P.’s column, “Lessons From the Nursing Home.”
In the nursing home, I frequently find myself needing to work with someone who does not hear well.
Good thing for me that I have a big mouth and can crank up the volume easily.
This “gift” is very useful to facilitate communication with the hard of hearing, but occasionally it can be a problem.
The problem does not occur when working with the person who needs the increased volume.
Instead, it can be trouble for the next person.
You see, once it’s turned up, I often forget to turn it back down. So, I walk into the next person’s room and say, “ GOOD MORNING MR. JONES! WOULD YOU LIKE TO WALK WITH ME TODAY?”
I usually remember to turn down the decibels once I see the person cowering, eyes squinting, turning their ears away from the noise (you know how people look when something is too noisy).
I apologize and ask them to forgive my loudness.
I wonder if the same thing happens when we spend some time talking to God in the morning before leaving our homes? Could you imagine?
“I am sorry Mr. Jones, I still have my voice of awe and wonderment, my voice of humility turned on because I was just talking to my Lord, my Savior, my God. He is the Almighty. He is my Counselor, and I accidentally forgot to turn off my amazement when I was finished talking with Him!”
How would your tone of voice and choice of words be different if you talked like you’d just come from the throne room of God?
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