How much do we listen?

James 1: 19-20, 1 Corinthians 12: 25:  Quick to listen, how often I wish I had listened more quickly. Have you ever been in one of those conversations with someone who likes talk but rarely listens?  Sometimes that has been me.  And it is rather crazy because I want to know about the things in other people’s life.  I really do.  I want to pray for and with other people. The problem is I tend to think that people are as truly interested in me as I am in them.  I have learned that most people are not that willing to share.  Even with all the social media, people have this thing against sharing one on one. I am fascinated how someone can show me all their vacation pictures online, but would you do it in person? Who has the time to show each person individually?  This is something else that amazes me about social media, if they post it on-line, then they must be willing to talk about it if you see them face to face.  For example I recently saw a prayer request online.  Then about two days later I saw the person who made the post and asked them about their situation. We are not real close, so they seemed shocked that I knew or even cared. Here is the difference, I take 1 Corinthians 12: 25 seriously. Where I fail is the listening to others part. Recently, an acquaintance asked me how I was doing, I told her, but I did not ask the return question. Then there is the difference between an acquaintance and someone that knows me well. They know to follow with how they are doing. They know that I am genuinely interested in them. That I will pray for them. Just the other day, I ran into someone that I used to speak with more frequently. My social skills became apparent. Because this person knows that I am lacking in this area and just started in on her life after asking me pointed questions about mine. It made me acutely aware of how seldom I ask that important question: How you are doing. I look but fail on the execution. But how else are people supposed to know that I want to hear how they are doing in person, not just read it online. Because the truth is when it comes right down to it, the person to person is so vital to being a Christian. Life in this world is difficult we are not meant to do it alone.  Just one request, please remember I don’t fail to care, I fail to ask. Help me as I work on this and tell me about you. Because I really do care.

1 Corinthians:

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

James:

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

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