Listen . . .
Think On This . . .
Thursday is TableThink’s day to focus on investing our life.
I received a text from an individual. We had not connected for quite awhile, so, it was a nice surprise. It turned out the text sender had heard I thought something and explained why I should not think it.
I misunderstood the text message and returned a text with a word of encouragement. The text sender let me know I had missed the point, which by the way is bound to happen with communication.
There’s a high risk for misunderstanding when we solely use texting for communication.
I thanked the text sender for the clarification.
The thing is . . . the text became a catalyst . . . to soul-deep insight: Freedom comes when we listen with the soul to understand someone without having to be understood.
The text sender wanted me to know what was said and why it was not true.
I had not been asked what I thought or said.
In the end, the text sender wanted to be understood.
There it was . . . an epiphany . . . I realized I could listen deep within my soul to understand without needing to be understood.
People need to be understood.
People are not always ready or able to understand who we are and what we are doing. When we find peace in accepting this, we can make a difference by doing the work of understanding without expectation of a returned understanding.
This is a significant piece of the story of living in the power of grace.
When we are at peace with who we are and what we do . . . we are able to understand others without having to be understood.
Jesus’ life portrayed the gift of understanding without having to be understood. Matthew 5 records his teaching of those who reach out to others without needing to receive back.
At the end of the day . . . when we invest in others without the need for them to invest in us . . . we have experienced the work of God.
Perception . . .
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16 (the Message)).
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