'I appeal to you...that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.' 1 Corinthians 1:10 NIV
A bloke walking down a street one day noticed a woman struggling with a washing machine in the doorway of her house. When he volunteered to help, the woman was overjoyed. After several minutes of struggling but getting nowhere the man said to the woman, 'We'll never get this washing machine in there.' To which the woman replied in amazement, 'In? I'm trying to get it out!'
Cooperation is impossible without good communication, whether it's at home, at work or at church. Never assume that somebody 'knows' something! Some people may be afraid or embarrassed to admit that they don't know stuff. Others need more time and personal attention before they 'get it.' If you have a reputation for being a fast-mover with a short fuse, people won't feel comfortable asking for your help. So, the problem could be your inability to communicate clearly, rather than their inability to listen properly.
Without clear communication two things happen: (1) People get discouraged and depressed, like one person who complained, 'I feel like I'm part of a mushroom farm; left completely in the dark and fed manure from time to time! (2) People make up their own rules, and chaos results. If there's strife and confusion around you, rather than harmony and understanding, remember that Paul recommends '...that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought' (1 Corinthians 1:10 NIV).
So what now? What kind of communicator are you? As you go about your day, consider if you are communicating clearly with those you come into contact with.
Soulfood: 2 Sam 12:1 - 14:20, Matt 26:1-13, Ps 118:19-29, Prov 18:10-12