Intently locked into what she was doing, she didnít hear me when I spoke to her.
In the days before DVDís, my daughter was still a distracted listener. A ďBarney the Purple DinosaurĒ VCR tape was a convenient way to keep her occupied while I did other things. I was able to get some work accomplished, and she was watching material with honorable values. Trouble was, when the time came for her to listen to me she didnít hear me when I called. The purple dinosaur had captured so much of her attention that she didnít hear a more important voice.
Being a good listener isnít as simple as it might appear, and choosing the proper sources to listen too is significantly harder. Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. (James 1:19 NLT)
If I listen halfheartedly to what someone is saying to me, Iím a careless listener. Perhaps Iím more concerned about what Iím craving to say when they give me a chance. I perceive my input as more important than theirs.
Letting things around me lure my attention when someone is talking to me makes me a distracted listener. One of the keys to successful hearing is looking people in the eyes.
Listening to sources that give information contradicting Godís Word makes me a deceived listener.
But if I listen to what God speaks in his Wordóand to what others who base their information on his Word say, then Iím a careful listener. Carefully listening to what others share gives me the privilege of entering into their world by offering my assistance. Carefully listening to God prompts me to surrender to his instructions and thereby creates a rewarding life.
What kind of listener are you?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us the skills and desire to be good listeners when You and others speak to us. www.lovelinesfromgod.com
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