During the racial unrest in my city last summer, the plea I heard over and over by protesters was simply to be heard. Unfortunately, most of us find speaking comes much easier than listening. To truly listen demands that we stop the inner dialogue in our heads, put aside our presumptions and allow the person to reveal who he or she is, not our version of him or her.
If that is true for our interactions with other human beings, the challenge is greater with the mystery we call God. If we are preoccupied with our own failings, we cannot hear God’s reassurance that we are forgiven. If we are certain God condemns the same people that we have deemed unacceptable, we cannot hear the call to change our hearts. If we are certain we have the truth, we will not be teachable.
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