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Learning to listen well in the midst of all the noise

It’s becoming tougher and tougher to listen well to those around us.  Technology has increased our capacity to ‘communicate’ with one another, but not necessarily to listen well to each other.  The other day, I had my landline, cell phone and Skype all ringing at the same time.  How could I be available to listen well to each caller?  Noise pollution

We are all familiar with the text: “Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.”  I think a more truthful paraphrase in our context today would be: “Let every person be quick to speak, slow to hear, and careful about one’s anger.”  Our strong suit is to be able to share our ideas, not necessarily to hear, understand and consider the ideas of others.

World Team is entering a new phase in our ministries around the globe.  We sense that that God is calling us an agency to deep change.  However, if we are only committed to what I or you believe the future should look like, we will miss the dynamic that creates different and new attitudes and actions. Through listening well to others, ideas will be able to intersect and build off one another.

Yet the ‘noise’ around us can keep us from listening to others in such a deliberate way. Often, that ‘noise’ is nothing more than our own pride.

A simple step to push us towards listening well to one another would be to say: “Let me share what I think I just heard you say”, and try to summarize what you think the person just said.  That small reflex would begin to build the capacity to work together in seeking to further multiply disciples and communities of believers.

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