Listen to (I mean read) some of my thoughts about listening

To listen or not to listen? We answer that question many times everyday.

If you could listen to someone who is made in the image of God, would you? Every person you meet presents that opportunity.

Not listening can lead to misunderstanding, anger, and hate, which defun life. Make life fun again. Listen with compassion.

I’ve discovered that when I listen to people and really hear what they’re saying, my heart opens up, wider and wider. As you listen to others, if you silence the intrusive commentary of your own thoughts, you can better understand what they’re saying.

When someone has heard your heart and you see their face full of caring support, it’s life changing. The world needs more people willing to listen to that degree.

Listening to understand is more powerful than listening to debate and refute. Listening to people who disagree with you is rare, but it is educational.

To detect fake news requires diligent fact checking, however, it’s easy to recognize fake listening. If you’re not really listening people will notice and be discouraged and/or disappointed.

Reading is a great way to hear what people have to say. I love to read books by people who lived centuries ago and hear their heart.

Since there’s no guilt for things we didn’t do, we should all be able to freely listen to the parts of our country’s history that we may find uncomfortable. Check out my book: Off the RACE Track–From Color-Blind to Color-Kind. Thank you.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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