Reading: John 8: 6-9
Nonverbal communication is just as important as verbal communications. In this story, Jesus does not speak but rather shows the Pharisees by writing in the sand. Sometimes silence can be even more powerful than words spoken.
One week while a counselor at camp, I used silence to my benefit. My cabin of boys could be very loud at night. So, I told them that if I was called to come back to the village because they were loud, I would not be happy. They did not listen and I was called in to quiet the troops.
Instead of barging in the cabin and yelling at my campers, I tried this approach. I opened the cabin door, slammed it, and then sat on the picnic table inside. I never said a word. I waited about ten minutes and no one said anything. I then went outside the cabin and listened by the window. Still, no words were spoken.
For the rest of the week, my cabin of boys did not talk after lights out. I never mentioned the incident. Not saying anything that night worked to my advantage. Sometimes silence gets better results than speaking! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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