Have you ever received a call from someone who is feeling down or overwhelmed, who just needs someone to talk to? I got a call like that earlier this week while I was at work, and I had a choice to make. Do I hurry to get them off the phone quickly because I’m busy and have a lot of stuff to get done, or do I carve out some time and listen to them? I chose the latter.
Before you think, “Good job! You made the right choice!”, I must confess. My initial thought was that I need to get off the phone. It wasn’t until I started to hear how they were feeling about what they were experiencing, that I felt prompted not to ditch the call, but to actively listen to them. (I think the Holy Spirit is good at prompting me like that. I’m trying to get better at actually listening to Him.)
We’ve all been there. Sometimes we just want to be heard, to be acknowledged, or to have someone tell us, “Yeah, that sucks!” or offer us a bit of encouragement. What a blessing to think that we could provide that to someone else when they need it.
That’s something I’ve got time for.