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The Art of Listening to Two Hearts

“Most people never listen.”

 Ernest Hemingway

 

Listening is an Art to be Cultivated

Listening is an art form that needs to be purposely cultivated. It doesn’t come naturally. To truly listen is to hear not only the words but even more the heart/feeling behind the words. It takes time and not many people do it very well.

The Bible tells us to be quick to hear and slow to speak. We’ve also heard that God gave us two ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we speak.

Today we’ll look at two ways that listening is critical to our dreams.

Listening Takes Time

Most of us have been so busy with so many things in our lives that we don’t have or take time to listen to two things.

Listening To Our Hearts

The first is to listen to our hearts. What’s it saying about our dreams? What is our heart encouraging us to do and follow? Have we really listened to and learned what it is that makes us come alive? That excites us deep down? That gives us a sense of purpose and fulfillment and deep joy?

Unless we listen to our hearts and really hear what they are saying, we’ll live an ordinary life. But this listening isn’t easy. It takes time. It takes silence. It takes writing things down. It takes reflecting on what makes us come alive over the years.

Listening to the World

There is another type of listening which is critical, and that is listening to the heart of the world. What are the hopes and dreams and joys and sorrows and heartaches of the peoples of the world.

Unless we somehow connect with the needs of the world, we will not experience what it is like to have our dream and the world’s deepest needs meet and where deep, deep joy and fulfillment takes place.

Blessed to be a Blessing

I believe God has blessed us with a dream He wants to use to bless the world. We are blessed to be a blessing. So over the next two posts, we’ll consider and list some ideas of how to listen to our hearts and then how to listen to the heart of the world.

Have a blessed weekend. See you Monday.

 

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