By Lisa Are Wulf ~
Does this sound familiar? You’re chatting with a few friends. The conversation is lively with lots of opinions. But is anyone actually listening? It almost seems like everybody is so busy planning what they will say next that nothing is being heard.
Is it that our minds are already made up and we don’t want to hear alternatives? Or could it be that we’re pretty sure we know what each person will say, we don’t agree, and we don’t want to be bothered? Or have we just never really learned to listen?
Perhaps there is a spiritual lesson here. We like to think we’re special, but we need to come to terms with the fact that God works in everyone. So learning to stop and really listen not only honors God and the other person, but it changes us. We may not both agree, but showing reverence by listening can deepen our own Christian life.
How have you experienced this?