James 1:19 says, “My dear brothers, take note of this. Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
Perhaps one of the most critical things that we must do to succeed in business is to be a good listener. Well think about it for a second. How is that we really satisfy our customers needs? It’s by effectively listening and solving their problems.
How is it that we can successfully and effectively get along with our co-workers? Well it’s by intentionally listening to what they need in order to get their job done.
The problem with most of us is that instead of truly listening, most of the time we’re thinking about what we’re going to say next.
Well remember this key point. God gave us two ears and only one mouth, we should use the majority.
Well is there someone at work who has frustrated you or caused you to become angry? Perhaps the best thing you can do is simply stop, listen, and gain their perspective. You know, let the majority rule. And really seek to understand what they are trying to tell you.
- 1Slow down.
- 2Talk less and listen more.
- 3Make a bad situation produce a great result.
Well if you’ll do this, you’ll apply the Truth@Work.
1. What was most helpful or impactful from this message to you?
2. Would you say you tend to talk before listening? Why?
3. What are some things you can do to be an active and better listener?
4. Have you become angry at anyone at work lately? If so, how would God have you handle this situation?
5. What are some other scriptures that can help you apply this lesson to your work?
Ray is also a highly sought after speaker at churches and retreats across America, where for years he has challenged followers of Christ to integrate their faith in and through the marketplace on a daily basis.He is also part of the speaking faculty for Orlando, Florida based “Man In the Mirror” ministry where he conducts seminars and retreats across the country.