For years and years, I have watched my mother listen. Don’t worry, she does her share of talking to! But her listening helps her talking make an impact. Wherever she is, she usually ends up in a conversation with someone – salesperson, waiter, friend, handyman, cashier, etc. Instead of just talking to pass the time or fill the silence, she listens. Then, she responds to what she hears …with encouragement, humor, an invitation, her story, and even Scripture. In an inviting, simple way, her faith “goes to work”.
For a LONG time, I didn’t realize that all her talking and listening had a point. As an adult, I have come to see it’s how she bears the fruit of her faith. She listens and takes interest in the people she naturally comes in contact with. Then, she engages them where they are. If they have never heard of Jesus, she invites them to learn. If they know Him but are not acting like they do, she challenges them to recommit. If they can’t see Him because of pain or needs in their life, she offers help.
It’s not complicated.
It’s not programmed.
It’s not overbearing or “in your face”.
It’s her faith. And it goes to work every time she leaves the house.
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