Am I willing to listen?

My sweet mama from Spokane says I started talking in full sentences at 8 months of age and never stopped. Speaking was never a problem. Listening has always been a problem.

I’ve got words, baby. Plenty of them. And they’ve gotten my in trouble plenty of times. Like that time I pulled over at the start-finish line and told the flagman what I really thought of his abilities. Or that time I told my boss what I really thought about his criticism. And so on. And so on.

My dad used to say, “Remember to put your brain in gear before putting your mouth in motion.” I remember him telling me that maybe a dozen times.

James 1:19 says “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this; Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry…”

Quick to listen. Slow to speak. Seems like maybe I’ve had it turned around for awhile.

I’ve always admired good listeners. I’ve decided I want to be more like that.

Today I will breathe more.

Pray more. Listen more.

10 Comments on “Am I willing to listen?

  1. Tonia,
    Wow, speaking at 8 months….great reminder to listen quickly and speak slowly…I am always seeking to be a better listener, so I relate 🙂

  2. It is amazing to me how a one word prompt can take us all in such different directions. Loved your thoughts. For a woman whose nickname growing up was “Chatty Cathy”, I can so relate. I love a good conversation. But today, I am praying I will be more willing to listen. So glad that I stopped here this morning! Blessings!!

  3. I think I would fall into this category too…wanted to tell you a new favorite quote of mine Ive been thinking…”Never Miss an Opportunity to Shut Up!”…ive been thinking that lately and its humorously helped!

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