Every Wednesday I will post a practical wisdom thought or suggestion on marriage, parenting, or life. God commands children to “Honor your father and mother” and God tells parents to “not embitter” their children. What is the very best way to “honor” and “not embitter” a spouse, child, or parent? LISTEN! When we listen well to our spouse or anyone, we are honoring them by conveying that “You are my Number One Priority, not just one of my many activities, and I will listen to you!”
Here are some thoughts on how to listen effectively. Look the person directly in the eyes; ask questions for better understanding; do not interrupt; remove any distractions; suspend any judgment; and summarize often the content of what was said.
TODAY: Be a wonderful listener throughout the day with everyone and help them feel special, valued, and number one in importance. (March 1, 2017)
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