I’m always dreaming out loud. Constantly thinking of new ideas and initiatives and visions. I love white sheets of paper. Blank canvasses scream with potential. Fresh creativity is what I crave so often.

Last week I was having coffee with 2 older men. Wise yet humble. Exciting visionaries yet intent listeners. I was telling them both about someone who inspires me as a creative, vibrant, visionary leader and one of the men sat quietly and asked this question:“And is he a listener?”

What an insightful question. I was immediately challenged and also rebuked about my own life. So often I can talk more than I listen, and dream and plan without listening to others first or even in the process.

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Father, keep me listening to the beat of Your Spirit and allow me to make more time to hear the burdens of others than the time I take to speak my own.

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