By: Danny Wallace
A message is a verbal, written, or recorded communication sent to, or left for a recipient who cannot be contacted directly. It is a short piece of information that you give to a person when you cannot speak to them in a personal conversation. Messages are completely one-sided.
A conversation is the exchange of ideas through spoken words. A conversation is like a marriage, in that it is 100% / 100% “give and take” of mutual respect between those within a conversation. Conversation has nothing to do with smaller numbers, or a more intimate setting. Many conversations end up being nothing more than a message when one person does all the talking, and everyone else is forced to listen.
With the definition of a message firmly established, it is important to note that a message should always contain nothing but positive hope, otherwise, a negative message leaves the listener damaged, and the messenger personally liable.
We live in a world filled with messages, yet eerily void of personal conversation. Where a message is one person speaking and the other person blessed by the encouragement, or cursed by the verbal garbage – a conversation allows each person the option of saying, “Thank you,” for the blessing, or “I’m not interested,” in the curse.
If you believe you have a message for someone today, listen to it many times over before you write, speak, or send it. If it doesn’t accomplish anything vaguely resembling what the sacrifice of Jesus inspired in you – delete it, and begin again. Let your message speak life, and never death – hope, and never despair.
Last, but surely not least, if you have a choice between writing, speaking, or sending a one-sided message, or having a personal conversation of mutual love, respect, and encouragement – choose the latter every time.