Know this, my brothers and sisters: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger…
Showing love for one another doesn’t always have to be through some profound act. Be a listener, first and foremost.
The best compliment I ever received was from a 16-year-old guy. I was a chaperone with a youth group, teaching Vacation Bible School on an Indian Reservation one summer. It was my turn to drive the church van to bring the kids back home. Along with the driver, there was also a teenager from our church riding shot-gun. After dropping the final kid off, there was another 30 minutes of driving before we got back to the church, so there was plenty of time to either reflect on the day, or just shoot the breeze.
Andy was assigned to ride shot-gun for me that day; he had only recently started attending our youth group, was pretty quiet, and I did not know him very well. We started talking and the 30 minutes flew by fast. Every evening, we would go around a circle and state what the best part of our day was. When it was Andy’s turn that night, he stated the best part of his day was talking with me. I was shocked – all I had done was ask him about his life – nothing profound, no secrets shared, no object lessons. I was simply an adult who took an interest in him.
Are there young people in your home or community that could use a listening ear? Why is it sometimes hard to just listen and not give advice?
Dear Lord, please help me be aware of the young people around me. Please open my heart to the struggles they face, and give me the discernment to know when to speak, and when to just listen. In Christ’s name. Amen.
Submitted by: Diane Syler