Too often we find ourselves frustrated and ill-tempered, yet all we need is someone to talk to. We need someone to pay attention, to listen, and to give advice when necessary. Maybe you have that person already, yet they don’t seem to actually care about your issues and only interject when they want to end the conversation. Maybe you ARE the listener that only interjects when you are tired of hearing their problems. Either way, notice that those who seek a listener are truly hurting, and you can be part of the healing process. Stephen R. Covey once said, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Be intentional when you listen, because there are people who depend on an effective listener.
Challenge: Notice when someone is struggling and be their intentional listener. Give them advice to help their situation.