“Assuming makes an . . .” Yes, we have all heard the phrase. And I can attest to its veracity.
With the end of a contentious election season, this particular rule seems to apply more than any other.
Based on what we have seen and heard, there are many assumptions that we can conclude. But are they true?
To avoid the proverbial “egg on your face,” the best path is to test assumptions and inferences that we might make before jumping to conclusions. Ask questions–lots of them. Clarify what the intention is and what the intended outcomes are. Agree on the answers to the questions, the intentions of the actions, and the accountability for the outcomes.
Then start all over again. Our agreements and understandings can quickly turn into assumptions again. Or assumptions about the “next time” or next situation.
Because the truth is, the answers, intentions, and outcomes for each occasion or situation may differ for a variety of reasons, sometimes reasons out of our control. To avoid the potential conflict, keep asking, keep clarifying, and keep reaching agreements.
The energy, especially emotional energy, that you save in testing your assumptions can then be channeled into nurturing successful ministry.