LISTEN FIRST

Wednesday: 13th November, 2019

Luke 17:12,13 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

‘If you don’t sell your problem, you don’t get solutions to them’
That is an Akan proverb that suggests sharing a problem with another person is a sure way to get some answers, a reason being that they can look at it with a fresh pair of eyes. While that sounds like a brilliant suggestion, many people have also been ‘burnt’ before.

They shared a concern of theirs with others and became the talk of town, as if they shouted these from rooftops.
Some developed the boldness to share only to be rebuffed and be told ‘ your concerns pale in comparison with mine, you even have it better’.
Many others on the hand have no desire to even voice out because they are not listened to when they try.
What then would be the use of selling a problem?

On that account, many Christians have developed thicker skins and shells- strong enough to seemingly contain whatever they would have had to pour out to others. Such is the magnitude of our desire to hide that we cannot even trust God with our issues. We have all become artists and even better actors when it comes to hiding our issues from the eyes of everyone
else. This we do because we are unsure how events will unfold when we open up.

Beloved, even if you think no man is able or willing to listen, you can always turn to God for His ears are ever open. Even closer to home, the Christian connected to God, who is the source of all wisdom is a problem solver. Although people often share concerns to gain answers, on other occasions all some seek is an ear to listen to their ranting, shouting or screaming. We therefore need to change our attitudes towards the concerns of others because how we see them, could be very different from the real picture. Listen to them first and empathise, then solve when able.

#sly

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