“Such a Hassle”

randomlychad  —  July 21, 2011 — 3 Comments
'Misunderstood' photo (c) 2009, Raffi Asdourian - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

“Such a hassle,” my five year-old daughter said. What she said it in reference to I’ve no idea. But she repeated it like a mantra last night.

She’d found a new favorite word, and needed to to tell the whole world; so she ran up and down our hallway, shouting:

“Hassle.”

“Hassle.”

“Hassle.”

Thing is, emanating from her still-developing palate, it didn’t really sound like “hassle.”

If I had to say, to my ears it sounded more like “castle”–with the hard “c” absolutely AWOL.

I think you know what I mean. 😉

This gets me to thinking; if my five year-old can make sounds approximating a word she’s never heard–if she can say one thing, and I hear another–just how often do you suppose that happens to us as adults?

Or in the church? We say, or do, something completely innocently, innocuously, and it’s misunderstood, misinterpreted, maligned even?

What we meant for good is taken for evil?

Because we’re all so busy ascribing motives to our brothers and sisters in Christ that we don’t stop to at least try to understand the heart behind the words, or actions, of another.

How much fellowship has been lost, how many friendships sundered, due to stupid misunderstandings?

The Scriptures tell us that “Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.”

Have you ever, in your mind, ascribed motives to someone that just weren’t there?

I have. It’s time to stop.

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  • The Epistolarian

    Yup, I'm with you. I'm a contemplative and tend to mull over words that are handed to me… this often leads to miscommunication b/c those words were never meant to be chewed and savored so long and all sorts of misinterpretations become "truth" in my brain along the way. Much better to let each one be the author of his/her own words and give the benefit of the doubt. …I have a great mental picture of your daughter and her mispronunciation though. It makes me smile, thanks for posting.

    • Aw, yes--well do I understand this! Ruminating well past the “use by” date… ;)Thank-you for reading!