Catch this short video, "High-stakes listening":
There is a need for words, in prayer, in relationship, in mission. (Let no one tell you otherwise.) But in the space between the words, there is also revelation and communication. And there is concealment of some sort. (Jesus did not reveal himself completely to others.) Let the former be honest, and keep the latter from being malicious.
Let us seek to have "the good will of all the people" Acts 2.47, by being people of compassion and commitment. Above all, let us give heart, soul, and mind to the Lord. "O Lord, teach me how you want me to live! Then I will obey your commands. Make me wholeheartedly committed to you!" Psalm 86.11.
It feels like I'm in a constant conversation with most people via email. So one doesn't keep saying, "Dear Friend," every time the chat comes back. So why bother with the greeting? Just get to the point, right? Is that bad?
Americans have their special interests, including Christians. I've been gone for so long that the things I write don't seem to resonate with them. Maybe another reason to turn my efforts more to Portuguese?
To say more with fewer words, thereby making them weigh more and have greater effect for good, is a most worthy exercise.