In this Hagar the Horrible cartoon by Chris Browne 29/12/08, Hagar is told by a monk, “You must change your sinful ways, Hagar.” Hagar has a little think about this after the monk has gone and says, “ I’d like to cooperate… But I don’t know which of my ways are sinful.”
As a preacher I could go into the whole sin thing in a big way, but for here, I would like to suggest that all of us in the coming New Year, really focus on what we say and rather than just generalise like the monk in this Cartoon, get more specific in detail and let the Hagars of this world really know exactly what it is that you are talking about.
Yes rather than talk in generalizations and expect them to understand, be specific and leave them in no doubt as to what you meant. That way, although they still might not do it, they will at least be in no doubt as to what you meant and what you really expected of them. So again as we approach this New year let us not only mean what we say, but also say exactly what we mean but as nice as we can too, hey?