STOP. QUIET TIME.
‘…Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.’ James 1:19 NIV
Have you ever thought what would happen if everything you thought came straight out of your mouth? We know what W4U HQ would sound like if we did that: ‘So, this Bible verse is… ooo, a bird! Anyway… What’s for lunch?’ Probably not the most productive. Let’s face it, if we said every single thing that came into our heads, we’d be looking like an absolute fool in under a minute (and probably have offended most people we know by the end of the day). Proverbs 17:28 says ‘Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.’ We can all have foolish thoughts, and sometimes the smartest thing to do is, well, shut up. Not speaking can be great.
Jesus was pretty snazzy with His words (bet He never put His foot in it by speaking too soon), and He was also a great listener. As a result, He attracted people like a magnet in a room full of drawing pins. Doubtless there were times He was tired and didn’t feel like it—but He listened anyway. Listening is often more effective than talking. In fact, there’s a point in every conversation where you need to say less and listen more. It’s only by listening that we can learn. We can never come into deep relationships with those around us unless we listen to what they have to say.
Can you think of anyone in your life you don’t listen to enough? Make it your mission today to ask that person five questions about themselves, then fully listen (really though) to the answers.