Hey friends, how are you today? How are you, really? Take the time today to share yourself with someone. The world needs listeners, don’t you think? Did you know listening is a skill that has to be taught? Most of us are wrapped up in our own bubbles of life and every so often the Lord has to remind us to look around and ‘see’ the people. Deliberately slow down, take the time out of our day and just listen to someone else share their tales of woes. “Slow to speak, quick to listen” we are told in James 1:19. And again in Psalm 141:3 we are told the same:
How are you today? Most of the us habitually say, ‘fine’, even when we hurt, because so few actually desire to hear our story without the sharing of their own tale. Listen and then pray. Pray for the sharer, even though the solution seems self-explanatory (because sometimes it is). Sometimes people just need to untangle their thoughts out loud. We already know what needs to be done, we just need the time to process. How about you and I make a pact today? Let’s be a listener to someone.
How are you today? Just today… let’s take the time to listen and commit that person to the Lord. We already know that every solution to every problem is found in the arms of Jesus anyway.
Personally, I have always found the Lord to be the best Listener out there. Throughout my day when I need to process the events of the day or when I need to detangle my thoughts, I talk to Him. This activity with the Lord, usually proves how very little listening skill I actually possess. Usually when I start to talk, I realize something: I’ve been here before. Yet, no matter how many times I come before Him with the same problem, saying the same things, He listens; He actually listens! Because He knows that I know. He has told me a thousand times before, when I came that thousand times before and the answer to the problem has not changed. People still need the Lord. Throughout the ages that has not changed. Yes, we know the solution but before we pound them with the Truth, let us care enough to listen.
How are you? How can I pray for you?