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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Are You Listening to Me?

Proverbs 18:13
He who answers before listening
that is his follow and his shame...


When I ask you to listen to me
and you start giving advice
you have not done what I ask.


When I ask you to listen to me
and you begin to tell me
why I should not feel that way
you have trapped my feelings.


When I ask you to listen to me
and you feel you have to do something
to solve my problem,
you have failed me,
strange as that may seem.


Listen.
All I ask is that you listen.
Not talk or do---
just listen and hear me.


I can do for myself, I am not helpless.
Maybe discouraged and faltering,
but not helpless.
When you do something for me
that I can do for myself,
you contribute to my fear and weakness
but when you accept as a simple fact
that I do feel what I feel,
no matter how irrational,
then I can quit trying to convince you
and get about the business of
understanding what is behind
the irrational feeling
and when that is clear,
the answers are obvious
and I don't need advice......
(Author unknown)


2 little hearts from you...:

Denise said...

Very awesome my friend, thanks for sharing.

Robin @ Heart of Wisdom said...

Beautiful. Thanks for the reminder.

I'm browsing around your blog. I agree with another comment..you do have a gift of teaching.