Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.
"Oreo Arthur???" my mom asked quizzically as my teenaged sister and I reminisced about our preschool days.
My sister, Ashley, was a year older than me and successfully completed 4-year-old preschool the year before I attended . She briefed me on the ups and downs that I was sure to face in preschool. And at the end of her lecture, I remember her saying, "And, the best part is that the teacher's name is Oreo Arthur. But, you can just call her Mrs. Arthur."
From that moment on, that teacher was a legend in my book. I stepped into the classroom with the exciting bit of knowledge to which very few of my classmates were privy -- our teacher was named after a delicious Nabisco cookie. Awesome. I quickly spread the good news to my peers and suddenly became known as the girl with the inside scoop. There's one in every crowd. :)
"Who in the world is Oreo Arthur?" my mom questioned us.
"Our preschool teacher. How could you forget a name like that?" we asked.
"Her name was NOT Oreo Arthur! It was GLORIA Arthur."
And, just like that, the decade-long awesomeness of Oreo Arthur was put to rest.
To this day, I can't help but smile when I think about Oreo Arthur. It just goes to show, you can't always trust what you hear.
In my own experiences in serving in ministry, I've learned to listen carefully. Sometimes the loudest message that people communicate isn't even spoken in words.
The Bible says, "Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish."
Let's be wise and listen well when others are communicating.
Father, make me a good listener. Empower me with the Holy Spirit, so that I might understand other's perspectives when they speak.