Stop, Look and Listen

Cliff Ellison

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."  Philippians 2:3-4

One of the first things learned in school as a child was the phrase "Stop, Look and Listen".

It was engraved in every child’s head that whenever he/she would cross a street, the first thing that would come to mind was for them to stop, look, and listen, for their safety.

Listening also has other benefits.  A Duke University study found that "people who interrupt are up to 7 times likely to get heart disease!”

Learning to listen can lower our blood pressure, stress hormone levels, and make us less at risk for a heart attack.  In another study focused on being silent while others talked, it was found that being quiet can lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels.

When we think highly of other people, we are interested in what they have to say.  When we regard them as more important that ourselves, we listen to them instead of interrupting with our own opinions.

How many times has this happened to you?  You really need to talk to someone and you really need for them to listen.  Maybe it is about a personal or a health problem and before you finish your story, your friend interrupts and says, "Yeah, I had the same thing happen to me," and then they start their story.  Inside you want to holler and say, “wait a minute, I need to talk.  I don't want your advise,
I just want your ear.”  But instead, you patiently wait as they talk about their ancient history while you are thinking about current events.

How many times have you done the same thing?  Instead of really listening, you interrupt the speaker to talk about what is on your mind or tell a similar experience.

"Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ." (Gal 6:2)

Stop, Look and Listen.

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