One night recently, I realized that I need to listen more. I’m one that is always talking, and it’s very hard to keep me quiet. Yes, talking is very important to people and relationships. I think genuinely listening is even more valuable to people. Sometimes people just want to speak and have someone listen to them.
I’m going to try to be better at genuinely listening to others. I’m going to try to speak less and instead listen first. Then once I have listened and I have gotten the whole context, then I should speak.
I’ve also learned that I am very opinionated and independent. These are good yet also sometimes very bad traits of mine. I think I know what’s best when in actuality I don’t know what is best. Sometimes I need to admit that I don’t know the answer instead of giving an answer that might not be helpful.
Unfortunately, this is the same area I struggle with God as well. I have no problem talking to God, but I have a hard time listening to God. God, is answering my prayers daily. But I still mess up and I am not obedient. There are constantly times that God has boldly told me to do something, and I would chicken out or just not do it. I hate that this is a part of me, but I am trying to get better in this area.
Jesus is an example of an excellent listener! He was the expert listener, and he listened before he spoke. There were countless people in the Bible that Jesus would be with and listen to. A lot of these people that he listened to were people who weren’t liked or were outcasts.
So if you see me just talking and not fully or genuinely listening, then please hold me accountable to my actions. I want to listen to you, and I want to be there for you regardless of who you are. That’s what Jesus would do, so I want to do this as well.
- “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” ~James 1:22 ESV
- “If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.” ~Proverbs 18:3 ESV
- “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” ~Philippians 4:19 NIV
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