I was thinking about listening this morning. I have a tendency to talk to myself and to God a lot, but I got to thinking about the fact that I don’t listen as much as I talk. I haves been criticized for this a lot lately and I know it is a real failing of mine and a problem I need to correct. I want to be a better listener. A friend told me to wear a rubber band on my arm and start flipping it to make me aware of the fact that I am not listening. That might work with people in front of me, but I am not sure it will work at home.
I think I just need to concentrate on listening and remind myself of those verses in the Bible about being still and listening and knowing God is God. The more I practice listening, the better listener I should become. It ought to work like that. Also if I practice listening, it will be like establishing a new habit and really taking time to listen. Part of my problem is interrupting when someone is talking to me so I have to work on that problem too.
Listening is a good thing and I need to think of it as something I am doing for someone else. That will motivate me to do a better job of it. It doesn’t seem to work to think about listening as changing myself. But doing it for someone else should really help me I think. I need to start right this minute and try that approach and see if it works.
The next time the phone rings I will remember to do just that.
Proverbs 18:13, James 1:19; Psalm 46:10