Joining in with Five Minute Friday over at Lisa-Jo Baker's blog again this week. This week's word is "listen."
I wasn't sure if I was going to join in this week. This weekend is a busy one, but when I read the word for this week it resonated with the reason why my weekend is a busy one.
I'm at an Encounter God retreat with my church. And so much of the weekend is about exactly what the word for this week is all about.
It's something we don't always do well. Sometimes with each other. And oftentimes with God.
We struggle to listen. We just want to get our "quiet time" over with, so we can get on with life. And so we don't often take the time to stop and listen. We don't stop talking for long enough to hear what God may trying to say to us.
But, just how much are we missing when we do that?
I often liken it to going for coffee with a friend and all you do is sit down and tell them everything you can think of that you want to share with them. Then, when you're done, and before they begin to talk themselves you get up and leave.
That's not really a way to have a friendship with someone. You can't have a friendship if all you do is talk. You have to learn to listen to really be a friend.
The same is true with God. We have to learn to listen to Him if we want to have a relationship with Him. We can't just " spill the beans" and then get up and walk away. We have to give Him time to speak to and listen for what He has to say to us.