Third, we need to live with eyes and ears wide open. No dull shuffling through the duties of life. No sleepwalking through our schedule. Fourth, we need to focus on the face in front of us. The email in our inbox. The appointment on our calendar. The name that rises unbidden in our thoughts. Even the all-too-familiar form that sits and sleeps near us every day. What are they thinking? What are they feeling? Can you climb behind their eyeballs and see the world from their eyes, if only for a moment? Living our lives prayerfully, preparedly, purposely, and perceptively will help us to tune our ears to the heart drops of others, so we can respond to their deepest needs in a meaningful, Spirit-centered way. On this Earth we may not even be aware of the effects of our words and actions. But we will have brought joy to listen love, repeat.
A small excerpt of this amazing book. I do not want to sleepwalk through life. I want to love well, and pray others will feel loved.
A few weeks ago, I prayed that God would show me who to love. Some people atte easier to love than others. Last week, during my residency, I met a few people that God placed on my heart. And by placed on my heart, he put them in my path at random times. There are so many lonely, hurting people out there.
I believe God is using me. Sometimes the title of my position impresses people. I dont want my title to impress. I want my love and transparency to draw people to Jesus. (While continuing to be someone people can relate too). After a trying time in class, at the end, I was very transparent, in that I cried. Something clicked when I admitted that… maybe more for me…. maybe not. The next day, God also showed me the pain and loneliness of a person, and again, something clicked. Instead of being annoyed, I could show love.
Lord, I want to be your light. I want to listen, with my heart, I. Order to understand others and to show them your love.
Ehman, K (2016). Listen, love, repeat. Zondervan publishing.