Fred and his wife, Edna, went to the state fair every year. Every year Fred would say, “Edna, I’d like to ride in that there airplane.”

Every year Edna would say, “I know, Fred, but that airplane ride costs $10, and $10 is $10.”

One year, Fred and Edna went to the fair and Fred said, “Edna, I’m 71 years old. If I don’t ride that airplane this year, I may never get another chance.”

Edna replied, “Fred, that there airplane ride costs $10, and $10 is $10.”

The pilot overheard them and said, “Folks, I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take you both up for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say one word, I won’t charge you; but if you say one word, it’s $10.”

Fred and Edna agreed, and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of twists and turns, rolls and dives, but not a word was heard. He did all his tricks over again, but still not a word.

They landed and the pilot turned to Fred. “By golly, I did everything I could think of to get you to yell out, but you didn’t.”

Fred replied, “Well, I was gonna say something when Edna fell out, but $10 is $10.”

There are many reasons why we don’t communicate with one another that probably is worth much less than 10 bucks.

Maybe we’re harboring a grudge that has lasted way too long against a co-worker, family member or friend. Perhaps we are too stubborn to admit to another that they may have been correct about something or, heaven forbid, we were wrong.

Plato once said “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” Communication is a key element to one’s relationship with God and with those around us.

Communication is so crucial among people of all ages. Misunderstandings can be avoided, and great things can be accomplished when there is an open dialogue of communication. Words can hurt or they can encourage, they can teach or they can tear down but, no matter what, they are very powerful. They are also a huge reflection of what is in our heart.

In Psalm 37:30 we read, “The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.”

David was a man who had experienced much when he became Israel’s king. He had gone through many challenges, as he had killed Goliath as a young man, and then he had served King Saul who later tried to hunt him down and kill him. The Bible says that he was a man after God’s own heart (1 Kings 14:8).

David knows from experience how a righteous person will speak, and he explains that wisdom and justice will be spoken by someone who truly follows after God. Good communication skills can then be developed and experienced when our mouths are full of God’s wisdom.

This week, let’s seek out the opportunity to improve our communication with others and build up relationships rather than tear down. In doing so, we experience the insight of David’s son, King Solomon, who wrote, ”A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver,” (Proverbs 25:11).

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