Let’s face it–the world is a bit weird right now. I’m guessing that most of you have heard bits of protests and curfews in the US. There’s a lot of people upset because George Floyd died, and there’s a lot of people who want to be heard.
Being a good listener is hard–can you listen to people who you don’t agree with? I mean really listen, not just be half-listening while thinking of what you’re going to say back? Real listening is trying to understand –it doesn’t mean changing your mind , but can you listen to someone and understand that your way of thinking isn’t the only way? Most things don’t have one easy answer, so if you can realize that there are other views and respect that–you’re on your way to having thoughtful conversations with people.
That doesn’t mean to change your mind easily–be firm in what you believe, especially in your faith. But know that you can learn from everyone–do you believe that? You may be a smart kid, but I’ve learned a lot from 4-year olds. I’ve learned a lot from people our society sees as handicapped. I’ve learned a lot from people from other countries. But you can’t learn if you’re not open to it.
Jesus spoke to all people, listened to them, and loved them. All people.
My dear brothers and sisters, always be more willing to listen than to speak. Keep control of your anger. 20 Anger does not help you live the way God wants. 21 So get rid of everything evil in your lives—every kind of wrong you do. Be humble and accept God’s teaching that is planted in your hearts.
James 1:19-21 (ERV)
Dear Jesus, forgive me for not really listening when people talk. Teach me to do better, and to be more like you. Help me to love others. Amen.