Our Quote for the Day

Getting Through . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sydney J. Harris

“The two words information and communication are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.

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11 thoughts on “Our Quote for the Day

  1. This will make one think about the words we speak. One way I thought of the above qoute was this way: two sentences of accurate information exactly alike…one can be useful and the other useless. If the information is transmitted at the right time, in the right place, to the right person, for the right reason, in the right attitude it can be very effective. I would call that ‘getting through’. It would be like Proverbs 25:11 “a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” The arrow would fly and hit the target. On the contrary, just giving out words of information without proper timing, purpose and direction would be careless and ineffective and not really communicaton at all. That arrow would not hit the target…it would go sailing into the air and fall to the ground. Yet Matt 12:36 says we will give an account to Him of all our words (I take that to mean both information and communication) and we will be judged for any idle(vain or inactive) words.

  2. This is a great photo of a ‘gate’ above to illustrate the concept of the above quote. Vast amounts of information go out everyday, in every way. Through the airwaves via internet, phones, satellites, radio, televison, etc and through written and visual media. To my level of understanding, this information must enter through a ‘narrow gate’ to actually and effectually enter the recipent’s ‘city’. The gate would be comprised of the eargate, the eyegate, the heartgate, the spiritgate, etc. Once it ‘gets through’ those gates it must be processed, assimilated and acted upon. If that happens, it then becomes useful, instructive and constructive. I would say it becomes communication. The following scripture helps me understand this also: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life and there are few who find it” Matt 7:13

  3. studying….information is giving out=Isaiah 7:14(from verse 14, therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign;behold, the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel…
    communications is getting throught=Luke 2:11 for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord…
    information is giving out=The gospel
    communication is getting through=being born into Gods Kingdom…..into His marvelous Light…..into His marvelous Light:)dj…(is this right?)

  4. “they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.” This is so true. In the dictionary, information means “facts and knowledge”. Communication means “to SHARE information, ideas, or feelings with another person by talking, writing, etc.” I have been attending some required classes; recently, by my employer. One main thing that was covered was communication, and how we go about providing it. I have learned that how you give information to people has a very strong impact, on how much they comprehend. We must bear in mind, our tone of voice, the person we are speaking to (age,gender,intellect,etc.), body language, and surroundings. How many times has a family member had a major surgery, procedure, etc. and the doctor comes to explain to the family, and all one received was INFORMATION? We must have some clarification with the person we are speaking with, to ascertain understanding. It is great to have information, but communication is the key! Thanks for this quote, Sara, it sure is needed in todays society.

  5. Oh, I just love the communication here. Great thoughts and ideas. They remind me of traffic lights, red, yellow and green. Time to stop, time to pause and time to go!

    Debi and Dorothy have shown how important it is to be able to communicate and not just give info about the plan of salvation. We are very grateful that we got through the narrow gate by another communicating the green light of the way to go through. We need to communicate to others the plan to go through as well.

    Needles has communicated the importance of getting through to another that could make a difference in their health for life. I have just visited my brother after major surgery and know just how true this is.

    Needles, is this what one would call bedside manor?I have heard it said “Bedside Manor” can make or break a physician.

    Our approach or attitude toward a patient, non-believer, child or others can make a vital difference in all we say or do. I sure hope to communicate the plan of salvation better so I will see greater results in the Kingdom of God and communicate in better ways to help bring healing to others as well.

  6. In the dissemination of information, let’s say, to a classroom of students, it is really important to be able to not only transfer a certain bulk of information to them but also to communicate to them the justification for learning certain facts and why they need to acquire knowledge concerning a certain subject. When they begin to see the motivation behind teaching such information it helps and enhances their understanding and they can approach the acquisition of such with a greater capacity to learn and recall the information.
    Mere knowledge “puffs up, Paul says in 1Cor.8:1, but I believe that Knowledge of the truth and the understanding of it is the communication between the teacher and the student. When there is communication there, the response from the students is gratifying.

  7. Yes, “bedside manor” includes (as I believe): attitude, tone of voice, compassion, empathy, and their ability to effectively communicate!

  8. Information “the giving out”. Today’s world is in INFORMATION OVERLOAD. We are in a society of information. Someone is always giving out information about a better or more improved product. Such as TV, computers, cars, schools, hospitals, stores, food, appliances, excercise equipment, churches, etc….. We are over stimulated with ” the giving out of words “. Todays people hear so many words in one day that we have a hard time processing the words or the information. Communication is the key. The “getting through to people.” Communication has several types of “getting through to people”; such as attitude, volume of voice, tone of voice, body language, etc…. I once heard a speaker state when you answer the phone, smile, and the other person can hear your smile in your voice. This is very important in trying to make a point in such an information competative world. We must always be careful of our tongues and how we act. We do represent God’s children and we don’t want to be a stumbling block for others. 1 Corinthians 8:10-13 “10 For if others-with your “superior knowledge”-eating in the temple of an idol, won’t they be encouraged to violate their conscience by eating food that has been offered to an idol? 11 So because of your superior knowledge, a weak believer for whom Christ died will be destroyed. 12 And when you sin against other believers by encouraging them to do something they believe is wrong, you are sinning against Christ. 13 So if what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live-for I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble.” So let the words we give out and the way we get through to others positivly impact Christ’s church.

  9. Chickenfarmer, you are giving out orders! Physicians give orders for patient and someone needs to carry out the orders regardless if she/he gave them with a smile or not for the good of the patient?

    God gave orders through men and they are written in Word for someone to carry out for the good of all!

    Eccl. says “weep with those that weep, laugh with those that laugh” and the orders go on…

    I am trying to say the middle man/woman is in a very difficult position. Carry out the orders of the authority and please the one receiving the orders when many times it seems bitter may come in so many variable that another cannot judge.

    Would I stop eating meat forever because of another’s belief? Let me do a lot of thinking and soul searching today! I hope I don’t get in trouble with my response I am trying to make sure I am not sinning….Well I am between sin and sin…ing…

  10. I appreciate all the wonderful comments on information and communication. As a teacher, my students and I are deluged with a lot of information. However I find that sometimes I think that the students understand the terms or phrases used, but when it comes to discussion they have no idea. They may have either no idea of how the terms or phrase is used, a close idea, or they know the term but have used the wrong definition. They also may not have considered it in the context of the text or the setting, their lives, or era of the piece of writing. Literature you could say has a bed side manner of its own.

    Some people say that in scripture, the information is easy, but the application is hard. As I read the scripture it is like a multiple layered puzzle. One time I read it, it may jump off the pages and mean one thing to me. Now I may read the exact same words or information at another time or when something else is going on in my life and the words jump off the page again. This time they mean something entirely different to me. God has great bedside manner. Oh how wise of God to have so many levels of meaning – He’s not single dimensional but multi-dimensional. We have to climb higher and higher with him to see the depth of his words. The ladder for the climb is firmly affixed in obedience, faithfulness, love, joy, peace, patience, and focus on obtaining the higher things in the Lord.

  11. Sara, I don’t give out the orders, just trying to carry them out. We are all the middle man/woman.

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