Riding in a taxi through downtown Sydney, I asked the Somali driver what he thought about Christians. His answer was saddening but not surprising: “Christians don’t listen. They don’t even try to understand us. They just tell us what to think.”
How did the disciples of Jesus get a reputation for not listening?
The one we claim to follow was an exceptional listener. Jesus was fully present to others. He asked great questions. He listened to hear what was beneath the surface. What if the followers of Jesus were more like him?
We live in a world where nobody seems to be listening anymore. Everybody has something to say and a point to prove. Everybody wants to be understood. Few want to understand.
What if the followers of Jesus were different?
What if we were known for being exceptional listeners?
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