Many of us have been hurt many times by people who didn’t want to get the whole story. How many people have we hurt for the same reason?
To answer before listening—that is folly and shame.
(Proverbs 18:13 [NIV])
Listening in a hurry has led me to failure more than once. Sometimes it is very easy to jump to a conclusion or assume I know what someone is saying before they are even finished with the thought. And, sometimes, all it takes to fix a situation is to hear someone out.
Listen well, ask good questions and make sure I comprehend what others are saying before I “arrive” on the answer.
Lord, please give me big ears and a thoughtful mind. Teach me to ask well and see it through other’s eyes.