What are you listening to?
I went to a conference recently and got this small book with some ideas for Youth Ministry, its been really helpful.
This guy, Mark Yaconelli says a great story.
If you have facebook click here to see the story.
Otherwise I will copy and paste:
” A friend of mine attended a Christian pastors’ conference in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The participants, gathered from across North America, included one Native American pastor who was on his first trip to a major metropolitan city. During a lunch break the Native American pastor took a walk outside with one of his colleagues. As they stretched their legs along the busy sidewalk, the pastor suddenly stopped, turned to his companion and said, “Do you hear that?” The friend paused and considered the bustling noise of the city. “Hear what?” he replied.
Planted along the downtown sidewalk was a small row of trees. At the base of each tree was a circle of flowers The pastor walked over to one of the trees, knelt down, reached beneath one of the floral clusters, then stood and opened his hand, revealing a small black bug. “It’s a cricket.”
Dumbfounded, his friend replied, “How could you possibly hear that?” The Native American pastor reached into his pants pocket, took out a handful of coins, and threw them in the air. As the coins hit the cement, people from all directions stopped and looked down. The pastor turned to his companion and said, “It depends on what you’re listening for.”
In the New Testament, Jesus identifies his followers now as those who hold orthodox beliefs or embody moral purity. Jesus says his followers are those who have “ears to hear” (Mark 4:23)- those who walk with heads tilted, straining to hear the voice of the “good shepherd” (John 10:14). Jesus claims that those who know how to listen will one day hear the voice of the Beloved and will overcome death (John 5:25).”
– Mark Yaconelli, Growing Souls (p. 17-18)
I don’t want to add anything.. the stories speaks for itself, simply:
I want to live more like that… listening for crickets.
And birds 🙂