Thought for the Week: Listening well

7 June 2019

Bible reading:
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19)

Writer of the successful book; seven habits of highly effective people Stephen R. Covey has this to say about listening, ‘Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.’ I wonder if you’ve ever experienced that – when you are trying to explain something important to someone and they seem more intent on telling you what they think than actually understanding what you are telling them about yourself. The majority of us think that the most helpful thing we can offer someone is our advice, but maybe it’s actually our silent, listening ears. Being able to listen well is a skill that will have the most profoundly positive effect on all our relationships. When someone feels they have been heard and understood they begin to feel supported, cared about and this goes a long way to improving their mental wellbeing. The old adage ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ still rings with some truth.

Prayer:
God, we thank you that you listen and through your example you challenge us to take the time to listen and understand other people. Thank you for the volunteers that offer peer mentoring and their heart to help people. We pray that this school would be a community that listens to and supports each other. Amen

National Church of England Academy