If you’re like me when I want to get to my destination delays annoy me.
I feel embarrassed how often I’ve heartlessly passed wrecks on the road and felt annoyed.
People had their lives altered, perhaps injured or worse, and I’m just glad I can move on with my day.
God challenges us to “be kind and merciful to one another.” 1
God challenges me to be less self-centered!
Wrecks On Our Road
We might not have a chance to stop for a motorist, but will we stop to listen?
Not just “listen” = put up with someone who rattles on until we can escape.
Not just “listen” = put up with someone who bores us until they wear out.
Not just “listen” = put up with someone who repeats the same thing on and on.
Listening to one another is just, kind and merciful. When we listen — really listen — we will have a greater opportunity to hear just how much we have in common with one another.
You and I and everyone around us want to feel — what we talk about each week at TreeHouse – lovable, capable and worthwhile.
We express directly and indirectly how worthwhile one another are when we listen.
Choosing to listen is a gift – it’s a treasure — for the person who is being heard as well as for the listener:
– We might learn something.
– We might become more compassionate than we have been.
– We might find ourselves relaxing when we feel less pressure to speak.
– We might care more than we thought as we learn from and gain insight.
– We might understand ourselves and our own motives as we listen to others.
– We might appear wiser than we are when we repeat back their own insights.
– We might find our relationships improving as we learn to listen more patiently.
– We might find ourselves less prideful when we realize we’re not a “better” person.
The world would be a much better place if we took more time to listen and appreciate the thoughts and feelings of others.
“Please, God help us” is mysilentscream.
1 – Isaiah 54:10, CEV