Listening can be tough.
It’s easy to forget that.
That’s why we have two-year-olds. They are God’s not-so-gentle reminder.
We all have our own agendas, and listening to someone else gets in the way. The message, or the messenger, doesn’t matter. We want to do our own thing.
How do we get past this?
With my two-year-old, I’ve been trying to remove him from distraction by physically taking him to another location to sit and talk face to face.
I’ve had mixed results, but I think a similar practice could help us adults.
I think this is why people have “spiritual” experiences on mountaintops. They remove themselves from the day to day and are able to find themselves, or something bigger, in the quiet.
It’s just hard to find the time.
I know I can’t take a trip to the mountains every week. With two kids, a wife and dog it’s hard to find any alone time. But, I think that’s what we need. It’s what we probably lack most as a culture.
We need time alone.
We need time to listen.
We need time to recharge.
Where will you find the time?