Are You Listening?

In this season of presidential campaigns, there are a lot of voices talking, shouting or even screaming at us.  (Or, so it feels like to me.)  I’ve said and I’ve heard a lot of people say, they don’t want to listen to it anymore. It’s difficult to know what to listen to.  With so many messages, how do we discern what to listen to and how can we really effectively listen?  I read a blog piece this week about how listening skills are at an all time low.  Everyone talks, but no one listens.  And, I was convicted.  I think I’m not a very good listener.  My mind wanders.  I frame my end of the conversation in my mind.  I am easily distracted.  I’ve already made up my mind, so why should I listen?

In John 6, we read about Jesus teaching that he is the “bread of life”.  At the end of the chapter, there were some people who said that what Jesus was teaching was too difficult to understand and they stopped listening. (John 6:60, 66)  They walked away from Jesus because it was too hard to listen to him.

Jesus does teach hard stuff: love your enemies, be a servant, put others first, lose your life, carry your cross. It’s hard stuff to listen to, let alone try to live out. But I pray that I might be like Peter who didn’t stop listening and said,

“Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:68-69

May we practice good listening skills with one another.  May we learn the art of listening to God.  May we model listening as a way of life.  Thank you God for two ears and one mouth.  May we listen to the one true voice that is yours. Amen.

See you tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 am as we listen, praise and thank our Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


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