You’re Not Listening

Read This: “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Think: Listening is hard work. The truth is, we don’t have to listen to anything that doesn’t interest us very often. We live in a culture with a vast range of technology and entertainment that we can pick and choose from. Online social networks mean we can get just enough information from select friends without really having to invest a lot of time. The trouble comes when we have to deal with real people—our kids, spouses, co-workers, neighbors, you know . . . humanity.

Recently a friend of mine told me the story of a lady she met at the gym. The woman was from a different country and didn’t speak English well so it took a lot of concentration to understand what she was saying. The woman was asking my friend some basic questions about diet, nutrition, and exercise. My friend listened and answered the questions as best she could. Finally she offered to put her in touch with a trainer at the gym, but the woman explained she had already tried that and no one had the patience to talk with her. They talked for several more minutes. Before they parted ways, the woman turned and asked my friend, “Are you a Christian?” My friend was surprised by the question and replied that she was. The woman smiled and said, “I can tell. You really took the time and listened to me. Thank you.”

Read the rest of this devotional on The Skit Guys’ blog.

 

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