I have, for the past 2 days, participated in a "Theological Consultation on the Vocation of Leadership" at the ELCA offices in Chicago. The room was filled with 30 or so professors of theology, bishops and other important and super smart people...and me. How it is that I always end up invited to these meetings is a mystery to me as I'm often the only person without a fancy title or two in front of their name. Anyhow, I enjoyed the conversation and left with the conviction that I need to become a better listener. I'm a great talker, I mean seriously, I can talk. What I'm lousy at is being an authentically good listener. I can discipline myself to listen well, but I'm not a good listener REALLY. I can only assume this is due to a lack of humility and an excess of self-absorbtion. Some day I would love to listen to someone without waiting the whole time to give my clever response. I want to become the kind of person who is genuinely curious about what others think, not just able to diplomatically let others have their say, before I get to talk again.
Forgive me for thinking I'm so much more interresting than other people. Seriously. We both know it's not the case. Help me to shut the hell up so that I can hear your wisdom in the voices of my fellows.
In Jesus' name,