Wednesday, March 2, 2016

It's worth listening...how to learn from experience!!!

Learning by Listening

My favorite scriptures on how to LISTEN!

I often wonder what thoughts are processing in my youngest child’s mind. He is only five-months old and although he cannot form words or create formal sentences, I know he has a lot on his mind. Maybe it’s the funny looks he gives his brother and I or possibly it’s the strange utterances that leave his mouth, but I believe he is learning from looking.

It is typical that the second child will perform certain actions quicker than the first child. Walking, talking, self-feeding, and unassisted potty time (my favorite) is often achieved with greater ease.

Did you know that the same letters that spell SILENT also spell LISTEN?

Do you remember taking the hearing exam as a child? They would put you in this box with a set of headphones. You then had to either raise your hand or click a device when you heard a small beeb.

In order for you to hear properly, we must not only be silent physically, but also mentally. Quiet the distractive thoughts that are impeding your proper hearing.

Proverbs 19:20 New Living Translation
Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.

Experience is the greatest teacher – every experience does not have to be your own…

While attending a CPR class, the instructor said something that stuck with me. She said, “Don’t create two victims!”

The premise is that you must survey the situation and protect yourself before you go to administer CPR or any assistance. When we learn to look and learn before we move and speak we will make better decisions.

There is a reason we have two ears and one mouth – listen more than you speak!

Here are a few of my favorite scriptures on the importance of listening.

Matthew 11:15 New Living Translation
Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!

James 1:19 New Living Translation
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

Proverbs 2:2New Living Translation (NLT)
Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.

Proverbs 18:13 New Living Translation
Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.

Proverbs 19:27New Living Translation (NLT)

If you stop listening to instruction, my child,  you will turn your back on knowledge.

Look. Listen. Learn.

#ListeningROCKS