“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means.” Matthew 13:18
The word “listen,” seems very important in this sentence.
African people seem to listen more than the average American. Youngsters are more likely to sit down, be quiet and listen to those around them because out in the villages there are few distractions. There weren’t any cell phones, ipods, computers, televisions or fancy toys to keep children busy. So they often listened to the conversations of adults.
As they grew up they tended to listen more than we do. When an African neighbor visited me, he would sit in silence for a while before speaking, as if trying to listen to my unspoken thoughts. He rarely blurted out a statement. He always waited a long time before he spoke.
How many times do we listen before we speak?
We have two ears and one mouth. Maybe we should listen twice as much as we speak.
Listen to what the Lord says!
Listen to what people are saying.
Listen before speaking.
You might hear something that could change your life.
You might hear something that could help another person.
Listen to what the Lord says.