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In Other Words...

A Research Service Of Facts & Humor For Christian Leaders

February 2020   Issue 1


COMMUNICATION: Research has uncovered the sad reality that “70% of all communication is miscommunication.”  That small piece of information should motivate ever-increasing energy towards better communication. HomeLife, May 2019, p.37
CONFLICT: Serina Wolfe got very angry when her boyfriend wouldn’t pay for her return flight to New York from Florida.  The 24-year-old was so mad that she went out to eat.  She took his credit card, ordered an expensive meal, and then left a $5,000 tip.  The ploy later unraveled and the couple parted company when Wolfe was charged with grand theft.  Unresolved conflict is usually worse than the conflict itself. Examiner, 7/25/19, p.12C
LOVE: After nearly 30 years of marriage, George H.W. Bush wrote a letter to his wife Barbara in 1974 while he was away during Christmas.  He was serving as Chief of the U.S. Liaison in China and nearing the age of 50 when he wrote, “I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up except that I know one thing for positive sure – you better be with me.”  True love keeps growing and maturing over time. Beaumont Enterprise, 12/9/18, p.B4
MARRIAGE: Jim Daly wasn’t writing for laughs but what he said certainly makes married couples smile.  The president of Focus on the Family wrote about the perpetual need for rekindling romance and began his article by asking, “Did you get married to do laundry?  How about to pay bills?  Or do the dishes?”  Nobody plans a wedding with dreams of folding clothes, loading a dishwasher (if you have one), or balancing the spending habits of two people who probably have different views about money.  The splendor of marriage includes a substantial amount of monotony, even drudgery, but part of its beauty is that it allows two people to meet the grind of life together and eventually discover the joy of real and meaningful love. Focus on the Family Bulletin, February 2020
MARRIAGE: Lysa TerKeurst and her husband have gone through her cancer and his infidelity, yet they are finding spiritual breakthroughs in their marriage.  The founder of Proverbs 31 ministry to women made this insightful statement about marriage: “God doesn’t’ want me to be a ‘fix him’ wife.  God wants me to be a ‘love him’ wife.”  Regardless of being a husband or a wife, we’re called to love, not fix. HomeLife, May 2019, p.35
MARRIAGE: Marital views have so dramatically changed that just 14% of Americans say it’s unacceptable for an unmarried couple to live together. USA Today, 12/11/19, p.1A
MARRIAGE: In the recurring feature, Finish The Sentence, readers were invited to submit their response to this sentence: “The one thing I’d save in a fire is…”  Answers poured in from around the United States and they included statements like, “My beloved porcelain doll,” “My original-edition Nancy Drew collection,” “My computer,” “My journals,” “My three dogs, four birds, three turtles, and two goldfish.”  But the response that stood out above all the rest was from Rick Brueckmann in Lemont, Illinois.  He said, “The one thing I’d save in a fire is…my wife.”  Great answer! Reader’s Digest, March 2017, p.35
MONEY: In a featured business article about finances and dating, it was reported that 30% of Millennials and Gen Z say their financial stability is having an effect on their readiness to find a true relationship.  Few couples feel financially ready to get married, but debt and overspending have taken that reality to a new level. USA Today, 7/31/19, p.1B
REGRETS: In 2016, Strayer University released a video of a social experiment they conducted in New York City.  A large chalkboard was placed in lower Manhattan’s Petrosino Square with the words, “WRITE YOUR BIGGEST REGRET.”  For an entire day New Yorkers had the opportunity to share their regrets and the results were telling.  For much of the morning people inquisitively stared at the board, took pictures, and then walked away.  After watching for a while, a young woman took the first piece of chalk and wrote, “Not following my artistic passions.”  Mob mentality soon set in and the board filled up with colorful declarations of regret.  The chalked comments uniquely carried a common theme, regrets over things not done: “Not getting my MBA,” “Not saying ’I love you,’” “Not being a better husband,” “Not having kids before my dad passed away.”  Many regrets involved relationships, which follows the findings of a psychology study at the University of Illinois.  That research found the top two regrets of a typical American involve romance and family.  One man’s regret over relational breakdown sadly revealed that.  He wrote, “Not building bridges.”  We can’t change our regrets from the past, but we can move forward with a resolve to give relationships our best efforts., 2/15/16
RELATIONSHIPS: In America, 45% of adults say they find it difficult to make new friends.  And the average American hasn’t made a new friend in five years.  Part of the problem may lie in the effort it requires.  Research shows that it takes 50 hours to move from acquaintance to casual friend – then 90 hours to move from casual friend to friend.  It requires more than 200 hours before someone becomes a close friend.  Relationships are anything but easy, but they’re certainly worth the time and effort. Daily Briefing, 5/15/19


LOVE: Canadian author Kelly Oxford isn’t an expert on love but she does have a clever thought about it.  She tweeted, “Trust me, you want ‘heels over head’ in love.  ‘Head over heels’ in love is just, like…standing.” Reader’s Digest, February 2014, p.115
MARRIAGE: Darlene told her friend about buying Girl Scout cookies that have 90% fewer calories.  The astonished friend asked, “How?”  Darlene explained, “My husband eats 90% of every box.”  Marriage does have its perks. Beaumont Enterprise, 2/4/20, p.B4
MARRIAGE: Francis and Rosemary Klontz have been married for nearly 70 years.  The couple from Sacramento, California have made news because of their clothes custom.  They started dating in Junior High and Rosemary’s mom bought them matching outfits for one particular event.  Mrs. Klontz said, “We’ve been matching ever since.”  Every day she coordinates what they’ll wear and then lays out his clothes.  Of the long-standing tradition, Francis humorously says, “I don’t have a thing to worry about!”  Marriage offers plenty of ways to communicate that unique and exclusive bond. Examiner, 8/22/19, p.13C
MARRIAGE: Barbra Streisand asked, “Why does a woman work ten years to change a man, then complain he’s not the man she married?” Reader’s Digest, October 2016, p.83


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