A Call to Listen

I have come to the conclusion that I just don’t listen. I have been coming to that conclusion for a long time, but the problem is, I don’t do anything about it. I sit there and bemoan the fact that I don’t, yet when someone says something I think I truly dont care about, I just tune them out and do facebook on my phone or whatever. I haven’t realized how serious a problem this is. How can I expect relationships to thrive if I don’t listen? Someday, if I don’t watch out, the people I care about will just stop talking to me altogether. sometimes, now, wonder why my husband even bothers anymore.

I am doing this study in Jeremiah, and you would be amazed at how much there is in that book about how the people weren’t listening to god. Of course, listening to god is the most important, more so than even your spouse or anyone else. god said that there were consequences for the people not listening. these consequences were serious! theyt would be given over to their enemies. Some would be destroyed. I couldnt help thinking that there are also consequences for not listening to those we love. either way we look at it, if you don’t listen to god; if you don’t listen to those around you, even the ones that need our help, there are consequences. and once you have not listened, you can’t take it back. So I want to try to be more intentional about listening, giving people my undivided attention. I’m sure ‘ll fail, but that’s the other part of this. there s no point in condemning ourselves for not listening in the past. god doesn’t want us to do that. We have been forgiven if we confess our sins. so get off the condemnation wagon and take up Crist’s righteousness! And when you fail, don’t dwell on i. Pick yourself up, confess it to God, and resolve, with His help, to o bette next time.

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