There are so many things to be said. And so many of them are things that I want to say right now.
But one of the most important things I’m learning in this season of life is that I need to stop talking for a while and just listen. Listen to God, listen to my wife, listen to other people speak into my life. I need to listen to new and fresh voices, and old and trusted voices.
I’ve done so much talking in the past six years. And by talking I mean preaching, teaching, training, counseling, meeting, planning, strategizing, writing, Facebooking, tweeting, blogging (oh, the words that pass for verbs these days…). And in all of that talking I have largely forgotten how to listen: to God, to my wife, to other people speaking into my life, and to the voice of my own conscience.
There are so many things to be said. And I look forward to speaking again. But right now (despite this post) I need to listen, and learn to love listening more than I love speaking. Plato said, “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” I’m more uncertain than ever which of those is more typical of me, but until I straighten that (and many other things) out, it’s best to stop speaking.
Looking forward to more—and better—conversations down the road and around the bend.