Thursday, May 23, 2019

Be Quick To Listen

Are you a listener or a talker? Do you believe in controlling your words and what you speak to others?











In this world of of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc our words take on a whole new life. We can feel the pull to constantly be someone who talks; instead of someone who listens.





I am an introvert. 






Period.





End of discussion.





No, seriously, being an introvert makes me come across as being withdrawn. I like to absorb what is going on around me. I pay close attention to what other people are doing. Was that an odd facial expression? Why was that an odd facial expression? Did she just shift away from me? You get the picture.





I also listen. To me, this means that I will sit quietly and let you prattle on about things in your life. As I listen, I am watching your face and your body and trying to read between the lines.



I like to observe things.




In being someone who observes things, like I do, I open myself up to long winded lectures. I open myself up to hearing, "Why don't you talk?" Or "You have to have things that interest you. Share them with me."










Okay, so, yes, I do have interests, but being an introvert, for me, makes it hard to talk about myself. I do not like feeling like I am the center of attention or that I am being put on the spot.





If you try to ask me questions and I feel as though I am being put on the spot, you will more than likely only get a one word response.





I am quick to listen.  






I remember one time, we were visiting with Taylor. We had not seen him for a while. I was asked why I didn't ask him more questions. My response was that I could look at him and see that he was doing okay; I could listen to what he had to say and through that get all of my questions answered.




I believe in controlling my words and what I speak to others and not letting what I "feel" needs to be said control me.









James 1:19 NIV 




My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,




Prayer: 




Dear Father, 




Thank You for all that You do for me. Father, please help me to always be someone who is quick to listen to the things that are being said to me; slow to speak because it gives me time to think and to pray; and slow to become angry. In Jesus' name, Amen.














Guard Your Mouth


Quiet Time, What Is It?


How To Pray Scriptures













Are you a listener or a talker?
Do you believe in controlling your words and what you speak to others?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.


























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