Saturday, 17 September 2016

To Listen is to Love

I was thinking about the word listen as I sat near a bonfire at our house, not really able to do much thinking because I was watching two little people near a large bonfire and listening to their many, many questions and comments.  

But, these were the thoughts that came to me. 

To listen takes time, real time, not watching-the-clock time.

To listen takes quietness of soul, peace to know that the hard stuff is not yours to keep, but His to handle.

To listen takes security, security of soul that you don't have to agree or submit to someone else's opinion nor defend yourself, that He decides who you are and your worth.

To listen takes courage, courage to hear what's hard and unpleasant and unfiltered.

To listen takes strength, strength to stay and hear stuff that hurts the speaker to say, and maybe the listener to hear.

To listen takes gentleness, the kind of gentleness that doesn't have an agenda or a harsh answer. 

To listen takes humility, the kind of humility that doesn't judge or pity, but embraces and comforts and gives hope. 

To listen takes wisdom, wisdom to know there is a time to speak and a time to be quiet. 

To listen takes patience, the patience to hear all that needs to be said, not jumping in at the first quiet moment. 

To listen is to hear someone's heart, a privilege being offered, but it takes a lot of listening to get there, through the fluff and stuff that we are so used to saying because we rarely find a true listener.

To listen is a gift, a rare gift, but one that makes a huge difference in little ways.  

To really listen is to love.   

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.  James 3:13

Linking up at Five Minute Friday, where we write for five minutes on a given prompt.  This week's prompt is 'listen'. 


  1. Hi! I'm stopping over from FMF. I absolutely love what you have written about our one word this week. It's rather poetic. I was thinking how it would be nice printed out and then looked up and saw you have a Printables tab. Hmmm... what do you think?

  2. Hi Debbie. Thanks so much for your feedback! There was more I've thought of since, but in five minutes, there's only so much you can write. I'm not techy enough to do that, but will ask my daughter who does the techy stuff on here. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. What a rich post for this theme. Very beautiful and I agree with Debbie G that it's poetic sounding. ~Stopping by from FMF

  4. Thanks for your feedback, Lisa. Wasn't trying to be poetic, but I'm glad it is