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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Huh? (01/21/10)

TITLE: Listening: A Vanishing Art
By Timmy Boyle
01/28/10


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“Listening is a vanishing art.

In general, people tend to hear very well…mainly because they have ears. But, hearing and listening are too incredibly different realities. It is possible for a person to hear, yet not listen.

The human race, having been created as social beings in a communal world, simply cannot afford to lose the ability to truly listen to another individual. A healthy community is rooted in solid communication and solid communication is rooted in listening…real listening.

Now, despite the diminishing number of skilled listeners, I do believe there is still hope of regaining what has been lost. However, it will not be easy because, although listening is a skill that can be learned, it remains only a shell if the listener has not first achieved some level of humility.

You see, to listen...to really listen, is to first become willing to embrace another. And that’s where the main problem lies. People simply are too selfish to listen. What do you think about that?”

“I’m sorry? I wasn’t listening.”

“Be quick to listen, slow to speak…” James 1:19 (NIV)


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Joy Faire Stewart01/28/10
Excellent reminder to do unto others.
Gina Fifo01/28/10
Very nicely written!
Ruth Brown 01/28/10
Well said,and so true.
Lollie Hofer 01/30/10
Good devotional thoughts and well-written too. Thanks for sharing.
Julie Seeto02/01/10
Good point - humility is the key.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/02/10
Just >B>LOVE these short and to the point entries! Instead of not listening, my problem in "Short Attention Span"...and had this gone on any longer I wouldn't have finished. (Unless, of course it was a mystery or a "Who-dun-it?" But as it is, and was....I got the message loud and clear, and without even one "HUH" in the whole bit! Kudos!