A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart.
Years ago, one of the desires of my heart was to learn to be a really good listener. It is not an easy task. We in our humanness have a desire to be known, to share our heart, our thoughts and opinions about the particular topic at hand.
Have you ever been with people in a conversation and not been able to get a word in edgewise? How does it make you feel?
It makes me feel invisible, discounted, unloved.
I wanted to become a good listener because of those bad feelings I experienced by not being listened to myself. But today, as I was reading this proverb, the word fool jumped out at me. I hear the heart of my Father telling me that unless I truly delight to understand my brother or sister’s heart in my listening, I am a fool.
To be a fool is a terrible thing. To be a fool does not just mean your are doltish or stupid or idiotic, but it is used of one who mocks God.
Wow. I have really been given a depth of desire to be an even better listener. Abba Daddy is showing me that when we do not listen to another, to have an understanding of them, of their heart, of their desires, we are actually mocking our maker. When we discount our brother, we are discounting the One who made them.
Today, I want to listen more than I speak. Who is with me?
Blessings, Anna Marie