To Be a Good Listener, You Have to Be Quieter

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear” — Unknown

“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of the state of your mind” — Deepak Chopra 

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” — Romans 12:2

Sometimes I question why I take hours each week to write my thoughts down. I think that maybe it’s bad to spend time alone and away from others, when really I should be out and about living and contributing to the world. 

Or I question if it’s worth my time to journal when really I have so much else to be doing – I should be checking things off my to-do list so I can, again, go out and contribute more to the world.

But when I really think about it, by taking time to sit and write about the world around me and my state of mind regarding it all, I am following the word of God. For once, I am quiet and listening. I am still. As I reflect about my days, I am listening to the signs God has put in my life to direct me. I am listening to the way I feel about those signs and questioning how to go forward. For once, I am processing the world, without conforming to its constant speed. 

This is renewal. There’s so many forms of reflection – whether it be found in writing, walking, praying, talking, or just sitting & watching the world pass by us – but I hope we can all take time to find it. And that we value it each day. 

The more time we take to listen, the more chances we have to hear God. 

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