Thursday, October 2, 2008

Just Hush

Does it drive you crazy how people don't listen to each other - and are prone to interrupt the one speaking? Ugh. It does me. I'm talking about things like... sports talk shows... variety talk shows... political talk shows... the debates!

Oh, I hope tonight they let each other finish a sentence. The presidential debate was so annoying. I could hardly pay attention to their responses due to the constant distraction from the interruptions, the way they tried to talk over each other, and the childish, "...did not, do to, did not, did to..." Ack!

But I didn't mean to start talking politics... I loathe politics. My point, in general, is that so often people don't listen... whether it's on TV, or around the dinner table.

A devotion I read today from Diamonds in the Dust, Joni Eareckson Tada, makes the point to:

Stop and Listen

"A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered." Proverbs 17:27

When you stop talking long enough to listen, you learn something -- only in silence can what you hear filter from your head into your heart. Only in silence can you hear the heartbeat of God and His still, small voice. In quiet, you realize spiritual insights that reach far beyond words.

Good lesson! Lets all stop, listen (and really hear) before speaking.


The Arthur Clan said...

I find this so frustrating as well and have tried to make it a priority to become a better listener myself. It's amazing how much you can learn about someone else if you just sit and listen to them. I've found that I'll even learn new things about people I have known and loved my entire life!

Angie in OH

Kristiina said...

So true mom! SO true!

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