8.31.2009

Hearing Vs. Listening

Each day many of us use words in our language that mean something other than what is intended. For example: Do you think there is a difference between hearing and listening? Stereotypically, women have asked their husbands for decades, "Do you hear me?" when they should have been asking "Are you listening to me?"
If you said there is a difference between these two words, then you are right, there is! Hearing is simply the act of perceiving sound by the ear. If you are not hearing-impaired, hearing simply happens. Listening, however, is something you consciously choose to do. Listening requires concentration so that your brain processes meaning from words and sentences. Listening leads to understanding and learning.

Most people tend to be "hard of listening" rather than "hard of hearing." Perhaps we should be more conscious of our listening to God. Speak, Lord, I'm listening!