This week I want to share something with you from a book I am reading and I am working to adopt this habit more in me. “Leaders Learning to Listen” by Chris Edmondson. While I was reading this, I felt it was related to my current situation. Chris Edmondson states in the book that for listening you need time in your availability. Now, as I have moved into our parish. It is very helpful and fruitful to know people from my neighbourhood, streets, local school and from the church and listening to their stories. I was listening to others when I was commuting from Oldham to Manchester but most of the time, I was just thinking of driving back to Oldham. I found in this busy life it is very hard to spare some time to properly listen to others.
David Augsburger says, “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable”. Therefore, the challenge for me and you is to spare some time to listen to others. Being in Christ is one of our main jobs. There are many scriptures for a good hearing ear.
To conclude, I am 100% agreed with Martyn Atkins that “A Spirit-led church that truly listens will change the world”
So, let’s make a difference by listening to God and to one another.
Lots of love and blessings to you all.
Rev Kathreen Shabaz