After three years away from Brazil I knew my ability to speak Portuguese would be a little rusty. What I didn’t expect was that my ability to hear it would be affected as well. As my speaking skills return, I’m amazed at how I still struggle to interpret the sounds that are coming out of people’s mouths. I need to expose myself to spoken Portuguese as much as possible if I’m going to regain my capacity for language comprehension. I’ve learned that listening, like speaking, is a skill that can be lost if not put into practice.
How often in my spiritual walk has the Lord had to remind me to pay attention to His voice? When I go merrily about my daily tasks without first getting in tune with Him through Bible reading and prayer, I soon lose my ability to hear the Holy Spirit. How quickly I listen to the lies propagated by the media about what matters (romance, popularity, money, etc.) and forget to hear that still small voice calling me to holiness and obedience. Thankfully, listening to God is a skill that can be improved!