I have a fault in my personality. For whatever reason, my intentions are almost ALWAYS misinterpreted, except by the people who know me the best. If I’m trying to be helpful, it often comes across that I’m being obnoxious or overbearing. The time when I try to be extra sweet is usually the time that a person takes extra offense. If I’m trying to ask a question, somebody usually thinks that I’m trying to correct or criticize them. I guess I missed the class period in Life 101 when they taught us Basic Communication Skills!
The problem is, I don’t even know when I’m doing it, or what or how I’m doing it, so it makes the issue one that is incredibly difficult for me to remedy. As with most foibles, the solution is relatively simple. I just have to become like Christ. Easy, right? Well, we all know it isn’t easy at all. However, one step at a time, it works.
Elder Lynn G. Robbins said, “To become as He is, we must also do the things He did: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do” (3 Nephi 27:21; emphasis added)…Christlike to be’s cannot be seen, but they are the motivating force behind what we do, which can be seen. When parents help a child learn to walk, for example, we see parents doing things like steadying and praising their child. These do’s reveal the unseen love in their hearts and the unseen faith and hope in their child’s potential. Day after day their efforts continue—evidence of the unseen be’s of patience and diligence.”