God the Father sent instructions to his children—his Chosen people—for their own good. Yet their poor choices led to heartbreaking consequences. Too often, that has described me too. So now, one of my life’s goals is to shorten the distance between what God asks of me and my actual doing of it.
God’s first counsel here is: Listen.
Active listening is something we all can practice by offering a concerted effort to hear what is being communicated. Before adding new thoughts to the conversation, the hearer carefully repeats back what was said. (Try it: What I heard you say is…)
Active listening allows the speaker to restate their part if not yet fully understood while offering the receiver a chance to get it right.
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