I am currently on a break from school. I chose to take this break to simply breathe and catch up on life. I will be back in a few short weeks. As much as I may not want to go back, I know the sooner I do, the closer I am to graduating.
I haven’t completed as many tasks as I’d like during my time off, but I am okay with that. For, this break has been special.
This break, I learned a valuable lesson. Or, more like, accepted a well-known adage. This break, I have spent much of my time listening to those older than me, and it has been wonderful.
Some of these people have been a few years older than me, while others have been several decades older.
I have spent more time listening to these people and their stories than attending to a to-do list or looming deadline. I guess I always knew the relational person in me would ultimately prevail.
Nevertheless, even though I have been a relationship-driven person for quite some time now, it was not until a few weeks ago that I began to understand why people say, “Listen to your elders.”
I didn’t get it until I got it, you know?
It is important to listen to those older than you because they offer a multitude of experiences and perspectives. For, I have been amazed at what some people have gone through and accomplished in their lives.
In my intent listening, I have constantly been reminded just how small I am and how little I actually know. I have had some difficult, humbling discussions with people these last few weeks. Discussions that remind me everyone is hurting silently.
And even though I feel small, I also look forward to my future. I look forward to what my life holds. I look forward to hearing more stories. I look forward to one day being that older person for someone. Or, maybe I already have been for someone in some way, I don’t know.
What I do know is my dirty house is not as important as being there for others in their time of need. A dirty home is not as important as a listening ear.
My call to you is this: As cliché as it sounds, listen to your elders. Because let’s be honest, that’s the only takeaway and reason for writing this.
To let you know, sometimes, old adages are oddly spot on.
So, listen to those older than you. Hear what they have to say and acknowledge what they’ve been through. Hopefully, in the process, like me, you’ll be humbled. And, you’ll have an innate desire to listen to even more people.
Thank you dearly for taking time out of your lives to read my blog! Your support means the world to me. I praise God you found this blog, whether you stumbled upon it accidentally or sought it out intentionally.
I’d LOVE to hear from you all! Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I pray God would bless you and be with you always, no matter where you find yourselves in life.
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. – Romans 4:25 (NIV).