Sunday, August 9 | “On Being a Good Listener”
Good listeners are a rare breed in our society today. We drift more towards a self-focus and in our quest to get to the next thing, listening with quality to another drifts farther down in our to do lists. It is equally rare to find people who listen well to and for God. Paul speaks of the power and priority of preaching but often dismissed in the familiar text is the key spiritual priority of listening when we are in the pews and in other spiritual centers. The passage from Deuteronomy offers an even more stark reminder that it is not enough to simply be present. Showing up is not enough. If we do not spiritually engage, we will miss out as will others around us in our networks and spheres of influence.