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How often do you find yourself listening during the day? Not just hearing words or noise, but actually listening. Listening to what people are saying and listening to God. Jesus frequently included a call to hear in His parables. What He was saying was, “Stop, pay attention, listen, understand and respond!” When you take time to listen, you take a giant step toward becoming a servant leader.

“Whoever has ears, let them hear.”—Matthew 13:9

Prayer: Jesus, You have given me ears. Open my ears, Lord, to hear Your word to me and to hear the heart cries of people around me. Forgive me for being so busy listening to myself that I miss what You want to say and how You want me to respond. May I listen well today, through God-tuned ears. I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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