Is everyone like you?

One Sunday  morning a few months ago, I was asked by two different people within minutes of each other “where do we get the Lord’s Prayer from?”

My first thought, which I was thankful a filter caught, was, “Doesn’t  everyone  know that?”girl-looking-in-mirror

Obviously  not.

One of the fallacies we live is that we (too often) assume that because we know something, or think or believe something, everyone else does, too.

So, I answered the question, to the best of my off-the-cuff ability.  What ensued was some really good conversation.

This episode helped me remember that there are a lot of things floating around in my mind that aren’t floating the same way in everyone else’s mind.

And I assume the reverse is true: there are thinks floating around in your mind that I’ve never thought of or always wondered about.

Not only do we think different things, but I am quite sure we think some very similar things differently.  Since we’ve each had different experiences, even if we have reached the same conclusions, we have likely reached them by different paths.

So, here’s a thought: sometime, over the next couple of days, strike up a conversation with someone about something.  Choose a topic you know (and have thought) about quite a bit, or launch off of something the other person said about something.  Make it a goal of your conversation to welcome the other person to talk openly about how they understand something.

(You might avoid a touchy religious or political topic, as it seems we have trouble talking openly about these without generating heat.)

Are you a better listener or talker?

Do you find it challenging to say what you think in a way another person can hear and understand it?


Published by Steve Heyduck

I am a United Methodist pastor, currently appointed as Pastor of OvillaUnited Methodist Church in Ovilla, Texas. I am also the husband of Rachel and father of 3 - Robbie, Eliza, and Liam. I am an ardent nonconstantian and a postmodern Christian. (I am also happy to talk with you about what these things mean to me)

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