I can not shake the need to write about ‘Listening’. In particular Listening to The Lord. Listening to Him after I pray, Listening to Him in the quiet times, Listening to Him in the times of confusion. Active Listening, a term I have carried around for many years and tried, with varying degrees of success, to practice. My definition is as follows;
“Active Listening is the ability to listen without thinking about my agenda. And responding with a question about what the speaker was talking about, not a statement about me and a similar situation and/or personnel statement. When we are engaged with someone in a conversation it is amazing when one practices ‘Active Listening’. Which means that one person is engaged in the other persons narrative.
After we pray, see a great sunset, or feel lost in the surge of humanity – do we Listen for God. Listen to Him without thinking about our To-Do-List. Actually, do we even pause at all? When we Listen to God how do we recognize His voice? Amongst all the chaos of today – politics, advertising, image products, esteem. How can we sort it all out and say with confidence “The Lord has spoken to me?”. Look to His Word to sort out the garbage of this world to define the wisdom of His Words for your life. If the voices we hear contradict scripture then they are not from God. You have Listened to the wrong voice, you are following your own agenda, you are not Actively Listening. Ask/Pray to God about that decision, action, relationship, and Listen. Listen by asking him questions you develop from His Word. God’s wisdom and voice is found in the Bible.
After three days, they found Him in the temple complex sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all those who heard Him were astounded at His understanding and His answers.”
listening to them and asking them questions —- Jesus was ‘Actively Listening’. He asked them questions about their statements and they were “astounded“. Next time someone is telling you about a problem and/or situation practice what Jesus demonstrated – Listen, Actively.