About 40 years ago I hit a real low and felt as though I could walk upright under a snakes' belly. As I wallowed in self-pity the words of a song on my radio program wafted through my fog and a line by J.T. Adams and The Sixteen Men of Texas caught my fear filled mind: "He'll be somewhere listening for my name." I immediately began to pray and received renewed courage.
Somehow just the simple realization that Christ is listening for my name and the somewhere is the prayer closet set my heart on fire. I talked about this with the late Joe Edmonds and he said, "Pastor, Jesus is a great boss."
Imagine my surprise when I read the following results of a Gallop Poll: "Gallop polled over 1 million employees who thought they had a great boss and asked them one question. Why? The number one reason was the boss was willing to listen to what they had to say."
In whatever area of counseling you labor you will find a statement somewhere near the main complaint to be, "Nobody will listen to me." Many professional counselors admit the hardest thing they do is to be quiet and listen. Listening with attention is a valuable tool in helping people.
David wrote in Psalms 55:17 "Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice." He is listening for you now.
Copyright © 2012 Larry Lilly