Are You Listening?

"Mom. Mom. Mom!"

"What?" I responded.

"Were you even listening to me?" my son asked.

He touched my arm and I looked up from my phone.

No. I wasn't listening.

We all know what it is like to speak to someone and then realize they haven't heard a word we said. We can tell by their body language that they are thinking about something else or simply don't even care to listen. We also know what it is like to share our thoughts with someone only to have them interrupt us so they can speak their own mind.


James tells us, "Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger" (James 1:19). Proverbs 29:20 says, "Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him." Jesus quoted Isaiah when he spoke of those who could not hear what he came to proclaim, "For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them" (Matthew 13:15).

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