The Listening Project: The Beginning

 

Are you good a good listener?

Can you listen well to the words of others?  Or are you perhaps distracted, thinking about other things, or thinking about what you are going to say next?  True listening requires that the listener understand, interpret, and evaluate what he or she hears.  The ability to listen actively can improve personal relationships by reducing conflicts, strengthening cooperation, and fostering understanding.

At United Ministries, we aim to be good listeners.  We hope to suspend our own frame of reference, suspend any judgement, focus on the speaker and respond well to others.  We’ve been asking our participants two simple questions:

What is One Life Lesson You Would Like to Share?

What is the most important thing you learned?

In response, here is little of what we’ve been hearing:

 Edward:

“Without God you’re not doing nothing. It took a long time for me to learn that.  Now I have Jesus to help me. I worked from the time I was 15 years old until 58 years old when I had a stroke and lost everything I owned. After I found Jesus all kind of help is coming.

My mind and heart are with him.

Thank you for listening!”

 Tyrone:

“That I wake up every morning by the Grace of God.”

Anonymous Woman:

“You have to learn to depend on yourself! You need faith in God.”

Sonya:

“You take people at face value until they break your trust. Every morning I pray that those I meet will see Jesus shining through me.”

 Steve:

“Always treat people like you’d like to be treated. Always help those who ask when you can. The rich who store up riches and don’t share will not have rewards in Heaven.”

 We’ll keep you posted on what our participants are telling us.  We’re really glad we’re listening…

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