Lending an Ear

ListeningOne of the best contributions you can make to a conversation is summed up in four words, “What do you think?”

Healthy conversation is give and take. No matter how strong you may feel in your position, without giving an ear, you lack understanding. A professor I had in college once said, “Intelligent people are not the ones who already know everything (he meant in attitude), rather they are the ones that ask the most questions (not to interrogate but to understand).”

It’s not that there is not a time to interrogate or a time speak confidently, but when we refuse to listen and understand it says more about our insecurity than it does our being right and thus does damage to our contribution to the conversation. It’s a lesson I humbly must admit that I’m still striving to learn whether speaking about relationships, theology, sports or politics. I’m the worst at interrupting.

James 1:19
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

Proverbs 18:13
If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

Proverbs 2:2
Making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;

Author: Scott Hescht

I serve as the lead Pastor of the Haven Community Church. My wife Courtney and I have two children, Zane and Daxton. I love reading, writing, graphic design, and pretty much all things creative. Bring up the topic of sports and you’ve got a friend for life. I also love to teach and preach God’s Word to anyone who will listen. I strive to be a constant learner as well, understanding that education isn’t something that we receive, but rather a lifelong journey. Above all, I strive to be a friend to those around me, seeking to be a light for Christ despite my own shortcomings. I have a BFA at Stephen F. Austin State University and a MA in Christian Leadership at Luther Rice Seminary. Prior to establishing The Haven in 2012, I have served as a pastor at Life Spring Church and an elder at Freedom Fellowship Church. In addition to pastoring the Haven, I serve on the board for Relationships for Christ Ministries, a missions organization working in Africa and Latin America.

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