beat around the bush

Nov 24 – Don’t Beat Around The Bush

3:329 – Don’t Beat Around The Bush

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Setting

Some people have hidden agendas. People have always told me that I have an agenda but it’s out in the open for everyone to see. In the past couple of days, I have seen may conversations started with a question but without context. From giving evidence of Christ’s resurrection to politics to everything in between. The purpose of these questions are unknown to the answerer and nothing is just black and white. This is beating around the bush. I have been frustrated as it’s hard to answer a question without context.

When you engage with people do you beat around the bush, or do you come straight out and say why you are asking the question? You can call it forthrightness, frankness, or just being open but in order to have a clear conversation, we need an open and honest foundation.

How often do you beat around the bush? Is it on purpose? Is it due to fear of the outcome or just testing the waters? What about if you were clear, would that help?

Scripture

Today’s scriptures will be a little different. We will use one verse with different translations to help illustrate this concept.

  • 1 Corinthians 9:26 (NIV) – Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.
  • 1 Corinthians 9:26 (NLT) – So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.
  • 1 Corinthians 9:26 (ESV) – So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.
  • 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 (MSG) – I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.
Reflection

You may be wondering why I used the same scripture 4 times. If you look at them, while they should be the same, convey slightly different messages. Which one would you use? Which one is closer to the true meaning? Does it matter?

My intent was more related to the NIV version though the NLT and ESV are close. The MSG is very different but still has the same kernels of truth. Now, when I started this, if I explained what translation I was using and why, you would have a better idea of where the conversation was going and wouldn’t have to guess.

The bottom line is we need to be open and forthright in our speech. If we are trying to make a point, let’s make it and bring others along for the ride. If we are unclear, let’s try to be clear and seek guidance on this.

I’m not perfect about this and have plans when I write and talk. I hope through God’s help, I can get better about getting to the point and not beating around the bush. How about you?

Challenge

In the next few days, strike up a conversation with someone with intent. Give them the backstory and why you are conversing. It may feel strange, but it will help you to get your point across and have everyone on the same page.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, thank you for our friends and family. Help us to live in harmony with them. Let us be open and honest when we speak and not try to drive conversations or actions without the full story behind it. Let us open their eyes to the why of everything just as you have with your Word. We know it’s hard and we struggle often, but let us be clear and concise in everything we say and do. In your name, Amen.

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