Friday, November 2, 2007

The Challenge of Listening

The following is from the Michael Card radio show called, "Devotions From the Studio." I regularly need this reminder to really listen, and not just to speak. Maybe it will be a blessing to you, too.

17For everything that is hidden or secret will eventually be brought to light and made plain to all. 18So be sure to pay attention to what you hear. To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But to those who are not listening, even what they think they have will be taken away from them. Luke 8:17-18

If Jesus could be said to have had a motto it was, "Let him who has the ears to hear, listen!" His parables are an invitation to really listen, not simply with our ears, or even our minds, but with a fully engaged imagination. His life demands that we listen without our theological or denominational presuppositions, but with all our heart. The men and women He places in our path to love, each and every one of them, are an occasion to open the door of our lives to and listen with all the care we can muster.

"The best way to show someone you love them is to listen to them."

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