Language Is Not Math

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We often use metaphors to help us communicate. Sometimes the metaphor clouds what was clear without enhancement. Think about these military metaphors often used in business:

"Take the hill."

"Rally the troops."

"Defend the line."

Do sports analogies make things clearer?

"He hit it out of the ballpark."

"I didn't mean to throw you a curve ball"

"A good defense will beat a good offense."

Good metaphors make an emotional connection with the hearer.

Language is not math. Equations produce universal solutions. The calculus is not subjective.

Too often, we send a flurry of words without empathy for the hearer. Good communicators listen and speak from the heart. If we listen closely to a leader, we should hear words that deliver focus points. There should be little doubt about what matters most.

Consider the depth in these biblical metaphors:

"Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life'" (John 6:35).

"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want" (Ps. 23:1).

"We are the clay and You are the Potter" (Isa. 64:8).

" I am the Light of the world" (John 8:12).

"The Lord is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer" (Ps. 18:2).

Spiritual metaphors are words to live by.

God is love.

Love Leads book coverDr. Steve Greene is the publisher and executive vice president of the media group at Charisma Media and executive producer of the Charisma Podcast Network. His book, Love Leads: The Spiritual Connection Between Your Relationships and Productivity, released July 2017.

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