Friday, 13 January 2012

Are You Listening?

“Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak…”
James 1s:19

I recently received a Family Life Moment with You blog. The topic was one that I am quite familiar with and one that I have probably addressed in a previous blog, that being the need for husbands and wives to be better listeners.

A portion of the blog went something like this:

Many of us (especially us men) are rightly accused of not listening very well. We rarely stop and take time to focus our attention--to really hear--what our spouse is trying to tell us. Instead, we quickly say things like, "That’s dumb, honey. You shouldn’t feel that way. You’re blowing this all out of proportion." Those are statements that come from not really seeking to listen and understand where our wife or husband is coming from.

During serious conversations or conflicts, you need to stop and listen, ask questions or paraphrase what your spouse is saying in order to understand what he or she really means. Asking a good question can often be like an emotional crowbar to dislodge how somebody really feels.

Listening is another way of saying, "You’re important to me, and I love you."

Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. This above is a valuable message for husbands and wives but God had something more personal in mind for me. Over the past few weeks I have heard and/or read no less than three sermons/articles on the importance of listening to God. After each message I have had to say to myself, “Self, this is an area of your spiritual life which you have neglected.” I’d like to say that I have made great progress in this area – I’d like to but I can’t. My rationale for not listening to God is quite simple. I usually have a limited amount of time for my quiet time. Somehow I can’t see myself saying to God “Okay God I have three minutes before I need to be out the door - do you have anything you want to tell me?”

Then the last line of this quote from Family Life hit me between the eyes – “Listening is another way of saying, ‘You’re important to me and I love you.” Ooouch! Have you ever noticed that it seems that God does not always play fair when He wants to get your attention?

Assuming that God is not into texting or tweeting I’d better carve out some time to listen to Him.

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