Brenda’s Blog – May 3, 2016
“They are talking so fast I can’t get the words to go into my ears.”
My grandson’s comment made me laugh. Then it made me stop and think. How many times have I had trouble “getting the words into my ears?” The barriers of dialect, rhythm, decibel level, content, or even interest made it hard for me to transform sound waves into recognizable words.
Mom and I loved watching the British comedies together. We laughed over and over at Hyacinth’s insistence on pronouncing her surname “Bouquet” rather than the naturally assumed pronunciation of their name “Bucket” as it was spelled. It never got old. Dad, however, did not enjoy them because he said he just couldn’t understand the words. His ears were not attuned to the high pitched, British voice.
In one version of the Bible the word “listen” is found 420 times; the word “hear” 1384 times. In contrast, the word “speak” is found 541 times. Listening is regarded as an important skill, at least to the Biblical authors.
Charles Stanley is a renowned Baptist preacher from Atlanta. Part of his delivery style is the sudden “LISTEN!” which he integrates frequently into his sermon. He emphasizes his points with punch.
“He who has ears to hear…” is a common Biblical phrase. Listening and hearing are important elements for mature, healthy people.
Listening is a significant topic in training classes. We are taught to “be present” at all times, alert and engaged.
That is hard, isn’t it? My mind likes to take its own road trips at times. Sincere listening is an expression of respect. But it isn’t always easy. Like most skills, it deserves attention and practice.
The next time you have a hard time getting the words in, think about honing your earfulness.