Why all the talk and so little communication?
How are you
How are you?
We pray that they don’t say….. well okay
Because that would require further questions, and feigned listening
And then another comment
How are you
Wow can you believe this drought we are going through
No one cares enough to really listen to your responses anyway
I am amazed by this
True Listeners- are Life Givers:
My father always taught my brother and I to ask questions in conversations.
He made it clear that if we were good listeners the person will walk away going – Wow
She was the most interesting person in the world- when really they were talking about themselves the whole time- people want a safe harbor- a person that they can talk to.
My Pastor’s Wife- Sister Watts- is excellent at bringing out the best in others….
She should be “A Closer”
You know the person that they call into the interrogation room
That can get anyone to talk
She has a knack for making people feel at home- with her-
Do you know why? She actually asks questions and listens- she listens with her eyes, ears, her face, and her expressions.
Some times you are ministering to others- just by listening to them!
There is a category of people I call talkies- People that just want to talk and talk and talk and don’t stop for air….
This happens quite a bit at a church setting-in fact I just was observing this recently…
One lady is being caught by a “talkie”
Another one trying to run away from a “talkie”
In fact if I have a watch on you can time the “talkie”
Because they don’t realize the glazed over look in other peoples eyes mean they checked out of the conversation a long time ago- that they are frantically look for anyone to make eye contact with to break free!
Unfortunately in this world there are also people who I call drainers…
People that will zap the life out of you
It is all about them talking, talking, and talking
About you listening, listening, listening
They walk away feeling light as a feather because they have dumped all of their issues on you-and you have already heard that same story 4 times J
Guard your time
You only have one life
Drainers want to fill it with their words
In teaching a class recently I was telling them- it takes so little to be above average-
To be a good listener
To care for others
To send a note of concern
To give an encouraging smile
To open up you heart to others- even when you may get rejected
So today it is your choice…are you going to be a “talkie” a “drainer” or a life giver? A true listener inspires others to new heights in the Lord. A life giver encourages others burdens, dreams, visions, and lets them know that they can make it, they can do it.
Some of you have been crying out for the Lord to use you in a mighty way. Start where you are- invest in others. Investing is coming along side a person and saying I believe in this vision and I believe in you- I can’t wait to see what doors the LORD is going to continue to open up in you! As you do this- you will see the Lord bringing you into a new plain. A place that HE has desired to be with you- to sup. Because listening is a concentration- an effort…but a true listener also knows the voice, the whispering, and the calling of the Lord in their life! So today- Listen.