Firefighter Biblical Leadership Study:
The power of listening and the danger of anger.
“Dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger; for anger will not help you live the right kind of life God wants.”
A firefighter who is always taking on the radio is only sending a message and not receiving one.
When we talk too much & listen too little, we communicate to others that we think our ideas are more important than theirs.
In a world of constant flow of information we fail to communicate more than ever.
Why is this?
Our hunger and thirst for knowledge is great but our patience is short.
Many lack the sustained concentration to read more than 140 characters. This creates a dialogue of shallow waters where we will only listen if some one is brief, concise, and to the point.
Our relationships are long and meaningful. We should give those in our fellowship our attentive ear whether it be in conversation or the written word so we can show the depth of our love.
Let us not invalidate others simply because we have not developed the critical listening skills and patience to understand them.
As we listen, we learn, and we show that we care.
In part 2 we will discuss Anger: one letter away from Danger.