Sunday, September 5, 2010

Hearing Before Answering

"He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him." - Proverbs 18:13
There is something perverse about human nature, more often than not we begin with a solution before we really understand the problem.

At work a team forms and decides the best way forward, then hires a consultant.

A ministry team forms and the leader, someone truly gifted in personal one-on-one ministry, does the teaching while the teachers are assigned one-on-one ministry.

A church group decides to build a prayer garden for God, but does not visit prayer gardens or consult those that use them before construction begins.

Wise leadership starts with hearing and understanding BEFORE answering, even when hearing takes longer than desired. God doesn't need our solutions, he wants our listening.

- fritz

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