Did you ever play Red Rover as a kid? I mean the group game where you try to run through two opponents’ arms who are holding hands. With enough speed and power you can cause their hand grip to slip. I recall no injured arms. It’s fun.
I sense a verbal Red Rover going on today in personal conversations. It can also be called interrupting, or bursting into other people’s conversation. I confess that I catch myself doing this. I just want to say something so badly that I cannot wait my turn.
But it’s rude and not appreciated when others do it to us. It seems to almost be SOP in some groups. It assumes that we are more important than other people. Is that pride or humility?
At home we try to protect our family supper time when the phone rings. Even though I say that we are having supper, the voice may say, “can I just mention one thing?” I agree, sans stopwatch. Then the conversation is often not short. Again, Red Rover is skilled at bursting through resistance.
Love, caring and respect are reflected in the way we treat other people’s’ conversations. Ephesians 4.29 says that gracious words build others up. They are apt for the moment and give grace.
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Phil. 2.3-4 NAS).