Listening, really listening

May 20th, 2008

Sometimes I wonder if we have lost the art of listening, really listening. In our fast paced world where we jam so many things into our days, I wonder if we really stop and take the time to really listen to those around us.

Sometimes I think we can fall into the trap of cutting people off because we think we know what they are going to say. This can especially happen if we have known someone for a long time. We might think we have the answer to their problem or we have some advice to give them, as well meaning as it might be, it might just not be the right thing to say. Sometimes it might just be time to listen and let the person articulate what they are trying to say.

I really believe that many of us have things inside us that we want to say or just get out. But when the people around us don’t really listen, we can feel that it is trapped inside us. If we really love and care for people we should stop and listen. We need to let them express what they are feeling or thinking. Sometimes they need some advice, some Bible verses, some encouragement, but sometimes they just need someone to listen, really listen.