There are two steps in the process: first, you must listen, paying attention to what is being shared. Then, you must hear; that means you try to take in all the meaning of what you’ve been listening to, making an effort to understand.
Living in relationship with another requires that you are willing to become vulnerable to the life and experience of another, and care enough to experience it yourself—at least to some small degree.
Listen. God is speaking. Do you hear?
"As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away."
In today’s culture of speed and agility, if people and organizations are not able to change and adapt, they will soon fall behind. At the same time, if those same people and organizations move too quickly, they run the risk of losing focus, damaging relationships, and frustrating those around them. Often, these changes happen when tasks become burdensome while other, different tasks are more exciting. The danger of this rapid change is that there are indeed some things that must be done, no matter how exciting they are or are not; they are tasks essential to being a healthy individual or organization.
The journey of faith is similar in that sometimes we only engage our faith during the high times. But when faith becomes difficult, challenges us in new ways, or begins to feel heavy, we disengage. In order that our faith stays healthy and vibrant, we must take the time to persevere in our discovery so that we may experience that initial joy over and over and over again.
God, be with me in the days of rapid change, but also ground me so that my faith may take root. Amen.
As you go throughout your day, will you listen? God is speaking and you will be wise to pay attention.
Hear what God is saying. Feel the power of God’s voice and go then wherever you may be directed. There is life abundant within for your journey.