Listening can mean more than speaking

I’ve heard it told that a teacher once asked a student to sum up Socrates’ life in four lines. The student replied with: 1. Socrates lived long ago. 2. He was very intelligent. 3. Socrates gave long speeches. 4. His friends poisoned him.

If you didn’t know any better after studying that list, one might think Socrates’ death was connected to his “gift” of drawn-out gab.

All humorous illustrations aside, there are times in life when we need to remember that listening to others can mean more to them than speaking. This doesn’t mean that truth must take a backseat to indifference when it comes to giving advice. It only means that to some people, listening ears equates to a caring heart as much as good advice given does to other people. And when a person knows how much you care, then they will be more interested in what you know.

The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both.” (Proverbs 20:12)

#caring, #conversation, #counseling, #listening

It was at the grocery store An aged…

. It was at the grocery store. An aged grandmother was having trouble keeping the cart in place and a businessman was impatiently waiting to squeeze through. Finally he sternly spoke, “Excuse me, mame, will you please let me through.” He pushed his way through and hurried on. He didn’t even realize that in the process he knocked her off balance and she nearly fell. It is easy when you have schedules to keep and goals to meet, to barge and bull through. The challenge is to be sensitive to the problems and circumstances of others. The tempt¬ation is to size others up as weak and timid and unworthy of wasting time on. Too often the tough minded bully through life without realizing who all they hurt. Christ calls on the tough minded to cultivate a sensitive and caring side. There are times that call for tough-mindedness but there are also times for caring and sensitivity. If we are going to be Christlike, then we are going to try to respond to situations the way Jesus would have responded. This is Just-a-Minute

#caring, #just-a-minute, #sensitivity

Who cares?

“Who cares what I do? I’m only hurting myself.” That’s a delusional statement.

When we choose to do something harmful to ourselves, our character, our body, someone else will always be affected.

This is the essence of selfishness. Well said the poet, “No man is an island.” Especially, “who cares?” should never pour from the fountain of a Christian heart. Somebody cares.

And if we think no one cares – or if no one around us really does care – Jesus always does, he “loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Friend, “He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

—Rick Kelley, Prestonsburg KY church bulletin

#caring, #selfishness