Are You Really Listening?

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To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given… (Matthew 13:12, NLT)

It’s never been easier to get information, while at the same time, it’s never been harder to really listen.

Have you ever caught yourself tuning out of conversations or only distractedly listening?

We look, but we don’t see, we hear, but we don’t understand. We run on autopilot. We scan our smart devices while growing dumber all the time.

The disciples show us one way to change that, by asking questions.

I used to think the disciples dense. They couldn’t understand. They constantly needed to pull Jesus aside.

But rather than showing their ignorance, asking questions revealed a deeper level of engagement. When Jesus spoke, he meant to disrupt the mindsets of his hearers. But only if they listened.

When Jesus speaks, find a question to ask. Do the same for others too and watch your level of engagement and understanding rise.

(HT to Edward Burger and Michael Starbird from The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, especially regarding the concept of becoming a designated questioner.)

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