GOD’S WORD FOR TODAY: Communication
Every Construction Project I have ever been involved with has included a period where everyone must adjust to each other’s ideal of communication. Drawings, reports, updates, ideas, tracking, and many other details need to pass daily from the main office to the field. Lack of communication equals lack of information equals costly errors and time eating repairs. Typically, it takes one situation where something was built different from design, and then everyone works harder at this communication thing to avoid more costly mistakes.
The job I am on now, is no different. Everyone is slowly learning each other’s skillset and objectives. We are learning how to communicate thoughts and ideas in spite of our differing personalities. Even the language barrier is being overcome to some degree. The team is forming.
This language difference thing is a whole new twist thrown into the communication challenges of an industrial construction project of this magnitude. There are 4 languages being used at any one time. The area of Paraguay where we are building the new Plant consists of persons who predominately speak the native tongue of Guarani and throw in a mixture of Spanish. Then you have the Owner, Upper Management, and most Company leads speaking Portuguese, but can also communicate well in Spanish. Add one outsider who is trying to share his knowledge of Ethanol Plant construction via English and midrange Portuguese confused with Spanish, and one wonders if anything will ever get done.
The only saving grace in this mixture of 4 different languages is that Construction has 3 basic principles = Plumb, Square, and Level. Everyone understands this, and we can build from there. Now, if I would just get my challenged brain to absorb multiple languages quickly, we could move forward with other more common communication challenges.
Romans 14:10. You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.
A major stumbling block in the communication of our beliefs is the judging of others. Who are we to ever say that what we believe, what we practice, what teach, is any better that anyone else? The many, many languages of life are one of the miracles of God’s creation. If we all spoke, thought, acted, and believed the same wouldn’t this world be more of a machine than a creation?
Just like the 3 principles of Construction: Plumb, Square and Level, God has 3 principles we all can live by: 1. Love God with all your heart, mind, and soul. 2. Love your neighbor as yourself. 3. Know that God loves you.
Communicate God’s love. Share God’s love. Believe God’s love. Then, all the remaining pieces of life’s puzzle will fall into place. Can we all say Amen, Amém, Amén and ………………