As adults it is far too easy to be busy with the things we are doing, or with our tech, and just not listen to children. Children do tend to talk a lot and it is not always "earth-shattering" things they have to say; but when it comes to my grandsons, I feel like if it is important to them and they want to tell me about something, then I want to hear it! I'm so glad they have noticed this!
So, as I thought about this conversation, I came up with five reasons I listen to my grandsons and today I'm sharing them with you. They are . . .
- Because God loves them and always listens to them - whether what they have to say is earth-shattering or not, and I want my grandsons to believe me when I tell them about God. If they have been able to see and experience grandma listening to them, they are better able to understand when I tell them God always loves and listens to them!
- Because I love them! Why wouldn't I listen to something someone I love has to say to me?
- Because if it is important to them, it is important to me! And, by listening I know how to pray for them.
- Because I'm honored when they want to tell me something . . . they could choose not to tell me the things which matter to them, but they do! Of course I'll listen!
- Because I want them to tell me when what they have to say is "earth-shattering" or very important. If I have listened to them - even when what they have had to say was just silly or childish, when they have something important to say, they are more likely to tell me.