How To Listen & Apply Information

Proverbs 1:5 Dissected and Defined

“A wise (skillful) man will hear (to listen; to obey), and will increase learning (grow in knowledge); and a man of understanding (applied information) shall attain unto wise counsels:”

Daily-Devo Paraphrase

I have spent many years of my life watching listeners. As a preacher to churched people and a teacher to unchurched people, I am always amazed at the types of listeners I meet.

Some listen and take notes; they are intent on learning. Some listen for something interesting but are filtering everything else as they anticipate the next joke or catchy quote. Others listen to the needs of others like their children, their spouse, or some church member they have ought against. Others, when I speak, might look around. Once, a girl manicured her nails while I preached!

The Wanderers

The type that bothers me the most are those whose eyes wander as I talk to them. I call them “wanderers” I used to be this type of person until I met people who did this while I was speaking to them! It was very disconcerting.

Now, may I point out that there are no particular similarities in the backgrounds of “wanderers.” I have met them young and old, rich and poor. I have met wanderers who are addicts and those who are not. I have met wanderers who are church members and wanderers who are pastors. It just seems that some people’s eyes wander while someone is speaking to them.

Of course, we know this type of person cannot possibly be listening very well. They may catch part of what is being said in a conversation, class, or church service; but chances are they won’t hear enough to amount to much. They are poor listeners.

Skillful People Listen

Solomon indicates that skillful people hear. They listen. It takes skill, and it takes practice. Once we begin to actually listen to what is being said, we will find ourselves obeying it and increasing our learning.

The difference this will make in our life will lead you to be a better listener. You’ll search out wise counsel, listen to it, and follow it! You will become a man who applies information. You will attain understanding!

Sharing is Caring

Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

3 thoughts on “How To Listen & Apply Information

  1. I like this I have learned through out the years when I listen well I learn things that have helped me tremendously

  2. I am so happy my wife left this open for me this morning it will be my cornerstone to today, to keep me on the path of addiction towards Christ and not towards sin. Thank you ABBA

  3. I am so happy my wife left this open for me this morning it will be my cornerstone to today, to keep me on the path of addiction towards Christ and not towards sin. Thank you ABBA

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