Meditation Monday – March 8, 2021

“Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak…”

James 1:19

True confession: I don’t always know when to be quiet and keep my mouth shut. As a matter of fact, I can get so excited about an idea that I quit listening to others and pay more attention to what I want to say than what they are saying; definitely not cool! 

I sense I am not alone in this, after all the admonition to be “quick to listen (and) slow to speak” was written in the Bible thousands of years ago. Dietrich Bonhoeffer even once wrote, “Many people are looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians because these Christians are talking when they should be listening.” However, just because the inability to listen is a common problem, it does not mean we can use that as an excuse not to change our ways.

“Many people are looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians because these Christians are talking when they should be listening.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Listening, you see, is at the heart of our life with God. But in order to listen to God we need to learn to listen to the person right next to us. After all, how can we listen to God whom we cannot see, if we cannot listen to the person we can see? Listening is a spiritual practice that we can learn with God’s gracious help. I can only imagine what impact a community dedicated to listening well to each other would have on the spiritual health of our families, work, the church, and the world!

Will you  join me in asking God  for the gift of ears that are quick to listen and  a mouth that is slow to speak?    

By Sharon Ross, Minister of Spiritual Formation and Assistant to the Senior Pastor