The Ministry of Listening

“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak…”(James 1:19). “Do not be rash with your mouth… For God is in heaven, and you on earth; therefore let your words be few” (Ecclesiastes 5:2). Someone said, “God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we can listen twice as much as we talk.” Billy Graham said, “One of the greatest ministries that a person can have today is just being a good listener. Many people are longing not only to be loved but to have someone who will listen to them.” Lord, sign me up for the ministry of listening; I want to be more ears and less mouth today.