This is one I probably should've had yesterday, before the session meeting! :-o
When we talk all the time, it speaks volumes about us, doesn't it?
I'm the one who's most important here (and you're not).
I'm all wise (and you're not).
My thoughts and opinions are far more important than yours.
When we listen to others more, they feel respected, listened to, and cared for/about. We also learn a lot when we listen more.
And I think the same can be said of our prayer life as well. God can do so much more with us if we'd just stop talking and listen - like we have anything to tell God that God doesn't know! :-p And we have so much to learn, don't we? Think how much time we waste when we talk God's ear off and forget to listen to what God has to say to us.
And what does it say about our relationship with God when we're the ones talking all the time? <put up your lightning rod!>
I'm a wife, mom, pastor, human...probably not in that order. I struggle each day to be faithful to God, to my family and to my call as a Christian and all of those previously-mentioned roles. I pray to be positive, kind and thoughtful, but tend to fall short on all counts. I am inspired by sunrises and enjoy taking pictures (mostly my kids, deer in the yard and sunrises). I waste time playing stupid computer games and wishing I'd been better at all of the aforementioned roles. ;-)