The Learned Skill of Listening —
Listening is such an important skill that over and over again in the Scriptures we are strongly encouraged to practice it.
“This is my Son, whom I love. L _ _ _ _ _ to him!” (Mark 9:7 NIV)
2 — What did Jesus repeat over and over again as he taught?
“He who has ears, let him h _ _ _.” (Matthew 11:15 NIV)
3 — What did James, the leader of the Jerusalem church, tell the believers to remember?
“Everyone should be q _ _ _ _ to listen, slow to speak, and
slow to become angry.” (James 1:19 NIV)
In the course of a day, God provides many interesting ways for us to improve our listening skills. One fun way is by paying attention to bird songs. Listen to these bird calls collected by E. Everett and see if you can identify them by ear.
Dearest Father, Thank you for all the things you have placed in our world to remind us how important and wonderful it is to listen. Please help me to learn to listen better — especially to those things that Jesus teaches. Amen.