Guess what? I like to talk. Okay – so I guess that’s not news. But have you noticed that a “good listener” is hard to come by. I read a quote recently that has made me think. It is attributed to Ram Dass, who said, “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” There is a lot of truth to that. So, have you been listening lately?
We live in such a “loud” society. Every child’s toy makes noise. How long has it been since you drove for thirty minutes without the radio on in the car? We are uncomfortable with silence. We also think that “Everyone has a voice!”, and evidently, most folks like for their opinions to be heard. Social media’s success is based on giving everyone an avenue to say what they think. But, perhaps, we unable to hear because we’re always talking. Sometimes, when you’re in a conversation with someone, you don’t hear what is being said because while the other person is talking, you’re too busy planning what you’re going to say next. You’re not listening. Or it may be that you cannot hear because other noises and distractions are around. I have a hard time writing a blog when the TV is on – I get easily distracted. I think most of us do.
But – “the quieter you become – the more you can hear.” Instead of “doing all of the talking” in your most important relationship – the one with God, we need to quietly go to His Word and see what He has to say. So many go to the Scriptures to try to “prove” their point of view, but Friends, we need to be quiet and listen. I’ve always heard that the good Lord gave us two ears and only one mouth, so we should listen twice as much as we talk. But I think that the most interesting thing about God’s design is that He made our mouths with the ability to shut, but we can’t close our ears!
May you spend some “quiet time” this week. Who knows what you may hear? Simply blessed, Courtney