Monday, January 28, 2008

The Role of Listener

I'm trying to do better at the discipline listening. Most people would say that I am paid to speak. Actually, I'm paid to listen--to Scripture, to people, to our community, to our culture, etc.

In the past 10 months, I've been able to sit and listen to two of my favorite speakers--my wife and my mother.
My mother spoke at ElderLink last year. I was honored to sit in her class for two sessions as she spoke about discipleship, pastoral care, and forgiveness. Her personality, training, and passion for Jesus filled every word. I was a proud son.
My wife has spoken at two conferences for teenage girls in the past 3 months--one in Abilene and one in Houston. Again, I was made to acknowledge that I am not the best preacher in the fam. She stood in front of those girls and led them into the gospel. WOW!

Now, if they would just start writing my sermons for me... :)


Anonymous said...

You are so sweet! You know my lessons would be nothing without stories of you for comic relief. :) You are my biggest fan and I can't imagine walking this road without you. God is good in you. - Kayci

Anonymous said...

I think you are very smart to listen to those two women!