Sometimes, we can say some pretty stupid things, that I don't think we mean. At least not in the context in which it is received. That's the problem with communication, it's like dancing, it takes two to tango. When you say something you are dependant on the other person to interpret what you said. That can get pretty scary.
Listening to the radio while I was on the road last night, I heard a guy telling the story of his greatest mistake. He was at a party with his wife and her friend, Julie. When another friend came up, he introduced himself and "his wife Julie, and her friend..." His claim is that he will never live this down, I would agree.
In his wife's head now there are questions swirling about...does he think Julie is prettier than I? Does he not love me? It may have been Innocent and he probably broke out in hives the second he realised what he said. Maybe this is an over exageration, but the point is, if we are careless with our words, we can do a lot of damage, raise a lot of questions or even bring encouragement and new life.
Took this pic in Williamsburg last week...Here's your sign!