Listen With Your Heart

A myriad of sights and sounds are all around us. The sound of a crackling fire, music, and children’s laughter. It’s easy to hear all these wonderful sounds! My question to you today is, “How well do you listen to people?” In the busyness of everyday life, we must reserve time for our family and friends to truly listen to them with your heart. God will sometimes send us people who really need someone to listen to them.

Three Things Listening is Not…

Listening is not, “Chiming in before the other person is done speaking.” The message this sends is, “What I have to say is more important than what you have to say.” Simply let people finish their words.

Listening is not, “Waiting your turn to speak.” Often we plan in our heads what we are going to say next, which results in us not listening well at all. So be as attentive as possible when listening to someone.

Listening is not, “Multi-Tasking while you try to listen.” I’m sure we have all been talking to someone and they are staring at their phone, messing with their computer or watching TV. This makes folks feel like you don’t really care what they are saying. So, stop and give eye contact and listen authentically.

Listening With Your Heart

We read in Proverbs 20:12, "The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made both of them.” God expects us to listen with our hearts. This means empathizing with what the person is saying and sincerely show a caring attitude. Did you know the same letters that spell LISTEN also spell SILENT. Focus in on those you are talking with at parties. Some folks never have anyone to listen to them. Listening is a gift we extend when we want someone to feel validated, cared about and special.

Listening to Children

It is so important to give time to children and what they have to say. My grandson, Keaton, is 12. He is constantly coming up with ideas! When he shares his ideas sometimes in my mind I think, “That really isn’t going to work.” But I don’t say that. I say, “What a creative idea!” Children feel important and loved when we slow down and listen to their thoughts, no matter how silly.

Listening to God

I love this scripture! "Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track.” ~ Proverbs 3:6. Listening to God brings us wisdom, joy, and contentment. It also builds discernment. Discernment is knowing the appropriate thing to say in any given situation. God sends us people who need us. When you work on your listening skills, you build rapport with others and become an effective communicator. We are on this planet to help others. This holiday, make it a point to listen with your heart and you will find the person you help will feel cared for and you will be happy and content in your spirit.

"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this:

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak

and slow to become angry." ~ James 1:19

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