Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. ~Jimi Hendrix~
There is much to be gained in disciplining ourselves to overcome the natural desire to speak, rather than fully listen…or respond negatively to discipline or instruction, rather than heed it. How often we are so intent on what we want to say next, that we fail to even hear that which is being conveyed to us, or while receiving instruction, allow our thoughts to wander, or emotion to control us. We were given two ears, and only one mouth for a reason. Give full attention to listening, and see for yourself the wisdom in it!
Thought for the day
If you are a newcomer, next time you are at a meeting and the desire to speak overwhelms you, fight it and force yourself to listen. Pray, commit yourself to silence and do whatever it takes to be wise in stillness. It will pay off handsomely. The same goes for listening to your sponsor. Don’t be concerned with what you are going to say and the way you are going to respond to his/her observations or counsel. Listen and grow!
A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles…Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching…Heed instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts. For he who finds me finds life And obtains favor from the LORD…A wise son accepts his father’s discipline, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin…He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise…He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him…Listen to counsel and accept discipline That you may be wise the rest of your days. ~Proverbs 1:5,6; 4:1,2; 8:33-35; 13:1,3; 15:31; 18:13; 19:20 (NASB)~
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. ~Romans 10:17 (NIV)~