Listen

18 Jan

After six frustrating hours, of laptop updates, I finally had to concede to the bitter-sweet loss of information. On the sweet hand I can more readily blog and upload sermon audio, but on the bitter hand this week’s sermon audio is lost. So much for continuity of information. Nevertheless, I press on. Literally I press on, as in I’m going to post–or ‘press’ in the WordPress world–a little bit of edification for you, the reader.

If one cannot listen to my sermon, then I want to provide an article that is especially useful. The article is written by Dr. Ted Tripp. It can be found here on the Ligonier Ministries website. listen

The subject of Dr. Tripp’s article is on Listening at Home. To listen is truly a lost skill in our culture. We hear many things, but often at the expense of those to whom we should listen to the most, our family. Proverbs 18:2 teaches that, “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. ” The problem with much of what we hear is that it’s a fool’s expression from those whom listen little and give many opinions. In turn we are conditioned to listen poorly; thus much information is spewed out at record breaking levels without much true listening. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not innocent victims, but willing participants in this cycle. Also, I’m rather sure I’m the pot calling the kettle black as a pastor and writer.

Take the time today to listen before offering up opinions, especially to those whom you love. The art of listening is something that must constantly be worked on. It is only shameful folly to hear and not listen, or to speak before really considering what the other person has to say. That same chapter of proverbs v. 13 reads, “If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame. ” To write no more, take the next few minutes and read, Listening at Home. 

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