Bits and pieces of conversation overheard.
People sharing snapshots of their lives, often unwittingly. If we pause and pay attention, these snippets of conversation can serve as a catalyst for us to reflect on the deep things of life we are often too busy to attend to.
And it is these deeper things of life that really matter – much more than many of the things we allow to consume our time and energy.
My hearing is not good as most who know me are aware. Yet, there are times when I can’t help but overhear the conversation of someone nearby.
It can be a quiet conversation of spouses, an animated reminiscing among friends, or the pleading call of a salesman on his cell phone, but they all have something in common – people are trying to get other people to understand them.
My wife has told me many times, “All I want is to be understood.” Isn’t that what we all desire?
What is interesting to me about these conversations I overhear is that there are only a few of the participants who are trying to understand the other person. So focused on being understood themselves, they miss out on the aspect of the conversation that we all would want them to get if we were talking to them—understand me!
Since understanding each other is such an important part of being in healthy community and relationship, I thought it might be helpful to share what I see happening in my small corner of the globe.
Hopefully, others will benefit from what I share in a way that helps them better understand themselves and their world from God’s perspective, and helps them better connect.
Let me know what you glean from these posts. After all – we are in this together.
Soli Deo Gloria