How often do you take time to just listen. . . to another person?
Listening is a tremendous skill. Some of us are fantastic at it. Others of us, well, not so much. Just as with any skill, the more we practice, the better we will get.
Listening to another person honors that person and actually speaks volumes. Listening to another person tells them that they are important to us and the things that they say matter. How does your relationship change with your spouse or kids, when you decide that you will simply listen? What do you learn about them?
Do you want to be a better listener? The next time you are talking with someone simply decide that you will ask questions only for 30 minutes. Ask open ended questions that can’t be answered with a Yes or a No. Don’t express an opinion, ask another question. Don’t ask questions with an agenda to get an answer you are looking for. Just ask another question and allow the person to continue to answer them. I promise you will be AMAZED at what you learn, even about someone you know very well.
How often do you take time to just listen. . . to the world around you?
How often do you find a quiet place and simply enjoy the world around you. Living in Northern Nevada I am surrounded by beautiful mountains, lakes and rivers. Finding a place away from cars and people and just listening is an amazing gift.
Stopping the “noise” that is going on in my mind and filling it with the sounds of nature is therapeutic. I am sure you have had those moments in life where you have done this. How often do you purpose to do it? How might things be different if you did it more?
How often do you take time to just listen. . . to what God might be saying to you?
Prayer for me is a vital part of my life. Being quiet before God is an essential part of that. Prayer, after all, is a two way conversation. I know what that means to me. . . I have always been a great talker and never short of things to say, and I have become a better listener over the years. Every time that I am careful to be quiet in prayer, I am amazed how He meets me there.
Recently, the church I belong to did a study based on a book called The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God, Having the Guts to Respond by Bill Hybels. We did the study in small groups and it was a great reminder of how important listening is.
If you are looking for deeper, more fulfilling relationships,
If you are looking for more peace in your life,
If you are looking for direction in your life or a Word from God,
Take time to listen.
How often do YOU take time to just listen?
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