Listening is a great gift.
How many of us are ‘quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry?’ (James 1:19) When we really take the time to listen- we offer an incredible gift. Jesus commended Mary for listening to him whilst rebuking her sister Martha for busying herself with all the tasks that needed doing (Luke 10:40-42). When we really listen to someone we put aside any distractions and we focus ourselves on what they are saying and feeling. We avoid the temptation to jump in with advice, interrupt or share our own story. Instead, we listen and ask questions in an attempt to truly understand what our friend is saying to us. When you are entering into new friendships as a friendsfirst member, take time to listen and really get to know people.