Insight by Preposition

Sometimes we misspeak.  Sometimes our misspeaking speaks truth.

For instance, a fellow MCH staffer said the other day “we have a lot of similarities with the students.”  Having been there, and a part of the conversation, I know that what he meant to say was “we have a lot of similarities between the students.” He was referring to the variety of circumstances of our 230+ students, and the variety of settings within which we care for them.

They all have some things in common, he meant to say.

WE all have some things in common is what he actually said.

I think nothing is more helpful in ministry than this particular statement.  If any of us want to help or serve anyone, we are at our best when we begin with the realization that “we have a lot of similarities with” them.

One thought on “Insight by Preposition

  1. Yea, but Steve, if we do that then who would we scapegoat and blame? Are you saying that when there is a problem that I may have some responsibility to help be a agent for reconciliation and grace.

    Dang it. I thought Christianity was just a matter of faith not action… Oh well, I like it better this way.

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