It's so easy on social media to type in my own thoughts and opinions, which are far more important than everyone else's right? :-p (see March 19) Who wants to pause long enough to actually *read* others' comments first? That would require me to slow down long enough to read/listen, and then hear and understand what others are saying first, to ponder the value and worth of the others' comments.
Where are they coming from?
Why would they think that way?
Is there another way of seeing this?
I'm so worried that I won't be able to get my oh-so-very-wise comments out there that I shove into the conversation and possibly even say things I might regret later, or might be viewed by others as thoughtless, silly or just uninformed. Silent ones learn more and are often viewed as wise! ;-)
I think I know best. I have my own agenda and everything that's "other" doesn't matter. I'm so wise and all-knowing, right? :-p
Acknowledging others' thoughts and opinions not only puts us on a level playing field, but let's them know that we value them as people, as children of God. It allows us to learn something new. It shows maturity in our relationships.
I need to slow down my end of the conversation. Stop responding so quickly from my own (not so) humble point of view, and possibly even learn something ourselves.
Change my heart O God. Slow me down. Help me to listen more and speak less (she said as she continues typing...). :-/ Help me to acknowledge others' thoughts and opinions and possibly even ponder the value of someone else's perspective before speaking up with my own.
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. ;-)