In today’s entry, Wiltschek suggests we re-read the verses to see what stands out to us. Verse 4 catches my notice:
The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
I talk and I write the same way–sooooo many words! Especially if a situation is difficult, I think if I just keep going, eventually I’ll say the right thing, perhaps the very words that will be ever so helpful. I want to make a positive difference! I’m all about the first part of that verse.
The second part of the verse is important, too, though. Wiltschek says, “Often, it’s the listening that’s most important.” I am thinking of a particular friend of mine who is an awesome, active listener. I’ve been so appreciative of her patience and thoughtfulness as she has mentally walked through many of my life's challenges with me. I have talked through them with her wisdom in attendance. She makes a positive difference for me!
I want to be a better listener.