Wise is the listener who doesn’t feel compelled to fill up all the blank spaces. (Charles Swindoll, pastor and author)

Listening seems to be a lost art today. In many conversations, we are thinking about our responses while our companion is still expressing his or her thoughts. Consequently, we often miss their intent, and our replies are a bit off target. Here’s a good reminder: “The greatest motivational act one person can do for another is to listen.”

You must all be quick to listen [and] slow to speak. (James 1:19)