Quick To Listen, Slow To Speak
Posted: Saturday, November 18
Verse of the Day:
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. (James 1:19)
My two year old daughter loves to talk. She talks non stop and it's really funny. Just about every time we drive, she's talking from the moments she sits her car seat to the moment we arrive at our destination. When she doesn't know what to say she asks us, "What are you doing?" followed by, "Why?" It's hilarious to interact with this little two year old that's just on the cusp of communication.
If you want to be better at the way you communicate with people, having less arguments and being understood more, take heed to the words of James. Be quick to listen, slow to speak. It's such powerful wisdom but is so difficult to implement. Most times, our arguments escalate because we want to be heard and feel like we're not getting our point across. Slow to speak, quick to listen.
When I interact with the wisest people I know, they don this task so well. It's part of what makes them so wise! I'm eager to know what they're thinking because most times they take a few seconds to respond. To practice this habit, intentionally wait a second or two before responding instead of jumping at the earliest beat to speak. With practice, this wisdom can become a natural habit. This principal isn't put in the Bible for nothing - God wants us to have better communication with those around us. Increase your communication effectiveness by listening more and speaking less quickly.