"Usually we are slow to listen, quick to speak, and even quicker to become angry. Most of us don't need hearing aids--we just need aid in hearing."
As I was reading FamilyLife's recent "Marriage Memo" about the art of listening, I was surprised by how each case study reminded me of past experiences in my own marriage. Maybe you can relate too?
Case Study #1: You are watching television and the score is tied late in a crucial game ... or Castle is solving a mystery ... or you're about to learn what Barry will find in a locker on "Storage Wars." Your spouse arrives home, walks in and starts talking about some financial concerns. A dark cloud of annoyance emerges from every pore of your skin, but somehow your spouse doesn't notice.
Case Study #2: Your spouse returns home from work, he is upset about a conflict he is facing with his boss. After a few minutes, you realize that the answer to his problem is obvious--and you'd love to reveal your wisdom if only he would stop talking.
My husband would agree that early in our marriage neither one of us knew how to listen very well. Fortunately, through lots of prayer and FamilyLife--their books, daily broadcast, and attending a Weekend to Remember® or two (or three)--we've been able to improve our listening skills and our marriage.
Your audience has access to these very same resources ... all of which can help them build a strong, healthy, and godly marriage (we certainly need more of those today, don't we?) So why not encourage them to tune into "FamilyLife Today" ... and while you're at it, tell them of the benefits of attending a Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway.
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I think the Greek philospher, Epictetus, said it well ... "We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak." Here's to listening more!
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