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How good a listener are you?

How good a listener are you? You may have been in situations where you are talking to someone whilst being aware that they are not really paying attention to what you are saying. Ask them to repeat back to you what you've just said and they would probably be lost for words. Or perhaps you have come across people who are so full of themselves that they don't have the time or inclination to be interested in, or listen to, anyone else.

I recently read a quote from David Augsberger, 'Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.' When we take time to really listen to another person, we are showing that we value them. One of the problems with our modern society is that we are confronted by an epidemic of busyness – everyone seems to be in so much of a rush that there hardly seems time to stop and listen.

One of the remarkable aspects of the earthly ministry of Jesus is that although he was so much in demand, and crowds of people followed him wherever he went, he always had time to stop for the one. So, how good a listener are you?

Steve Clark
Minister, Glenfield Methodist Church

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