LISTEN to me… Listen to what I’m saying… We’ve all heard these words… one time, or another. Coming from… first our parents, or some concerned family member…then, our teachers, professors…and ultimately… our employer. Thrown in the middle of all of these… would be our significant other, or spouse.
No matter from whom it comes… these are important words to remember. If our goals are to become teachers, leaders, or even the owner of our own company… we’re going to have to “learn how to LISTEN. Listening is the most important part of learning… ‘Not listening…then… not learning.’
There is ‘an ART’ to listening. Listening consists of hearing, understanding, comprehending, learning… and applying what we hear. I might… also include HUMILITY. One might wonder … why humility. Well… If we lack a fair dose of humility, then very likely… we’re not doing one, or several… of the other requirements of listening. It takes HUMILITY to ‘realize’ the importance of all the requirements to ‘listening.’
Just because one can “repeat word for word” what he hears… does not mean that they fully understands’… comprehends, learns and applies… what is being said. It only means that they have a ‘good memory.’ If one does not particularly like the speaker, than he’s likely …not to listen very well… much less understand what is said. It takes HUMILITY…to allow the speaker to make his point without interrupting, or being distracted, and also conveys one’s respect. Are you a humble listener?
We are reminded in Philippians 4:9 – Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. And, Matthew 13:9 tells us…He that hath ears, let him hear. Those who have “ears to hear” allow the Word to bear fruit to the glory of God. It is up to the hearer to decide whether to take the Word seriously and pursue understanding; only a few are willing—the rest have ears, but they do not have “ears to hear”