Recently I've been challenged that I need to learn to listen better. Too often I'm quick to speak instead of being quick to listen. Giving someone your time - a listening ear, can be a huge gift. Especially in a noisy world. Here's what caught my attention in one of the books I'm reading right now:
I'm totally guilty of this and it's a quality in myself that I don't like and want to learn to change. Sometimes we can be listening but not really hearing. And that includes spiritually too - too busy or too distracted to truly hear what God is saying to us. I'm reminded of when Jesus tells people "he who has ears to hear let him hear" knowing that we need to be reminded! In learning to truly hear, we can become a better follower of Jesus, a more loving wife/husband, a more helpful friend, and a more productive worker/employee... what a huge difference such a seemingly small thing can make!