For about two months, I believe, two friends of mine way back in high school decided to earn a bit of extra money. They put an ad in the paper (what people did at that time) that they would listen to anyone talk about anything for $30 an hour, also placing a caviotte that they were not therapists, lawyers or professionals and would give no advice at all but just confidentially listen only. They received many, many calls and eventually withdrew the ad and quit when inundated with calls and really were overwhelmed with the burden of carrying so much information from all those people. A great entrepreneural construct gone awry. Made lots of money but sanity is worth far more than money.
I think of this story every time I listen to people. A listening ear is a great blessing or a great curse.
But a larger point is exposed and bare here. People need to talk and there are few to listen. People are few to listen partly because most people are so wrapped up in themselves, partly because no one wants the extra burden of hearing someone else’s reason to talk, and partly because it does not relate to them. And this is sad. Until. What a great word that is. Until the listener remembers that God listens to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we can point people to Him. God is our listener. And with a universe of experience and unlimited power and love, He is pretty good at both listening and helping. And if we can point people to Him, you will be giving them the best advice and tool of their lives. God is always with us, loving us and of course listening to us. Always. To eternity. Amazing. His ears are not slightly burdened by our sharing. And He can freely help with love too. Amazing. So our listening ear is a conduit of God to point people to Him. That is beautiful!❤