Ef­fec­tive lis­ten­ing

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James 1:19

“MY dear broth­ers and sis­ters, take note of this: Ev­ery­one should be quick to lis­ten, slow to speak and slow to be­come an­gry”

Lis­ten­ing is one of the most dif­fi­cult things to do. To sit down, lis­ten, take ad­vice and im­ple­ment it is of­ten dif­fi­cult for most peo­ple. All too of­ten we find it hard to ac­cept the truth about the things we are do­ing wrong that we can im­prove on or how our world looks in the eyes of oth­ers.

We are more prone to lis­ten­ing to state­ments that seek to praise, that tell us that we are won­der­ful and that we can do no wrong. We gen­er­ally do not take kindly to fault find­ing and thus we end up closed from the re­al­i­ties that we must be work­ing to cor­rect to be­come bet­ter peo­ple.

All too of­ten when con­fronted we ei­ther be­come an­gry, keep quiet or coil up. The peo­ple who tell us the truth then be­come our num­ber one en­e­mies and we avoid them at all costs. How many times have peo­ple ap­proached you with good in­ten­tions and you have re­acted in a man­ner that has not al­lowed the re­la­tion­ship be­tween you and the party to progress? We may not know it but the very fact that we were given ears means that we need to use them to re­ceive in­for­ma­tion, process it and act upon it.

So many peo­ple have failed to reach their po­ten­tial sim­ply be­cause they chose not to lis­ten. Though our minds and our egos will tell us we know it all, the truth is no one has a mo­nop­oly on knowl­edge and the Lord can use who­ever he deems to be an in­stru­ment to be the de­liv­erer of in­for­ma­tion.

When we re­ceive in­for­ma­tion we spend so much time analysing the cre­den­tials of the mes­sen­ger rather than giv­ing the mes­sen­ger the ben­e­fit of the doubt as some­one who could have been sent from above, to com­mu­ni­cate a life-chang­ing mes­sage.

When Moses was sent back to Pharaoh one of the great­est mis­takes Pharaoh made was to ig­nore the mes­sage but rather con­cen­trate on the mes­sen­ger whom he had known from youth. The ques­tions he prob­a­bly asked him­self were “how can this per­son I grew up with claim to rep­re­sent a higher be­ing yet he, like me, grew up in the same house­hold and there was noth­ing ex­cep­tional about him that would war­rant this new found knowl­edge?”

The truth is no one knows the day or time when the Lord will breathe life and wis­dom into the nos­trils of His men or maid­ser­vants. We tend to look at peo­ple from a hu­man per­spec­tive, yet we some­times over­look the di­vine gift that may be en­shrined in them.

Moses proved be­yond mea­sure that he was sent by a power greater than him­self to warn Pharaoh to take heed and re­lease His peo­ple. We should be care­ful not to shut out some of the mes­sages that are given to us and choose not to lis­ten.

Pray for a will­ing spirit that will al­low you to be ad­vised and cor­rected in the paths you choose.

Be blessed

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