Are You a Good Listener?

Then while it is still called today, if you would hear His voice, and when you hear it, do not harden your hearts.  Hebrews 3:15a (Amplified Bible).

      For years my husband carried a little card in his wallet that proclaimed him a “good listener.”  The card had been given at the end of a workshop required in his early years on the job.  Whenever I accused him of not listening to me, he would pull that little card from his wallet, living proof that I must be mistaken.  It was a family joke.

It’s not easy to be a good listener.  Certainly it requires more than a cardboard certificate. People communicate with more than words.  A good listener learns to pick up on body language and the unspoken message, too.  It requires our full attention.  Usually we focus more on what we want to say next rather than really listening to the other person.

The verse above reminds us to listen to God, and brings out another reason why we don’t listen.  As my husband ignored my request to take out the trash, we don’t necessarily want to hear God’s voice.  It might mean we are asked to do something out of our comfort zone.  It might require action.

At this start of this new week, let us make a concentrated effort to listen.  Let us focus on giving our full attention to those who are communicating with us.  Let us listen to the spoken and unspoken messages before us.  Let us also  listen to our conscience, and most of all, listen to God. He speaks to us through His Word, through prayer, through others and through that still small voice in our hearts.

 

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