How many times have you wanted to ask someone.... "Have you listened to a word I have said??"
It is often the case scenario for parents with their children, children with their parents, employers with their employees and teachers with their students. I even find myself so preoccupied with current technology that a simple conversation with my husband is a challenge. How have did I become a partner in crime with media technology frenzy?? It's become normal for me to have at least 3-4 conversations going on at the same time, while trying to listen to my husband. I can text, twitter, facebook, read and totally give my "full attention" to my husband whom I haven't seen all day. NOT. I wish I could say that I've got this down pat and that my multi-tasking has successfully met the challenge of talking, listening, comprehending and offering quality feedback. But I haven't made it. And I doubt many of us have.
So much interference. How did simple conversations get so complicated??
I was reminded while reading J.I. Packer's Knowing God, that "God has spoken to man, and the Bible is His Word, given to us to make us wise unto salvation." I wonder what God's thoughts are on our multi-tasking when it comes to listening. I understand that a whisper is enough, but in today's world, a whisper could easily be drowned out. Is our media frenzy, cramping out the still-small voice of our Creator? Wouldn't it just be easier if He had a facebook page or did the twitter gig??
Maybe it's time we evaluate the conversations that find their way into our ears. Put down the computer, the blackberry. Manage the ear flies.
Now what was that you were saying honey??
James 1:22 (The Message) "22-24Don't fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don't act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like."