Can you hear me now? Good! There was a cell phone company that aired commercials for nine years that used that phrase. People were worried that their communication with others over their cell phone would cut in and out but this commercial reassured the customers that their connection would not be lost. That they would be heard.
We all want to be heard! Times have changed from the days of the “Can you hear me now” commercial to connecting with people through texting, facebook, Instagram and snapchat. It seems like every time we turn around there is another form of communication.
But with all the talking, is anyone really listening? Could we have lost the art of truly listening to others?
When I was in youth ministry, a common phrase was, “Students do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Have we become so willing to tell others what we are thinking that we have lost the basic ability to step-back and listen with care to the needs of those around us?
We are in a series called BLESS, an intentional evangelism initiative which focuses on five missional practices; five practices that each of us can implement into our everyday lives to naturally reach out and engage those that God has placed in our lives that may not know about His love for them.
Last week we learned that it all needs to begin with prayer, we can’t change hearts, only God can do that! We committed and wrote down names of those that are in our lives that we will be praying that God draws them near to Him. This week we will be looking at what it means to Listen with Care, we will be looking at a passage from Luke 18 where Jesus hears a voice among the crowd that was crying out for help and asks the question, “What do you need me to do for you?” A question that we all need to be willing to slow down, ask and be willing to listen to the response!
Please join us this coming Sunday morning as we continue to learn what it means to Listen with Care!