Kindness from the Listening Ear

Don’t be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3, Contemporary English Version).

I have made it no secret that I love TED talks. I decided on this particular TED talk because I have been talking about kindness for the past week or so and this particular TED talk really spoke to me because I have a habit of talking too much and listening too little.

I know I don’t work or volunteer on any kind of crisis hotline but, I still have people call me during some kind of crisis on a regular basis. One I received a few years ago, a husband and wife were expecting a baby. I heard the exciting news and launched into congratulations and what a blessing this is and all that kind of stuff.

Had I been listening instead of running my mouth I would have, I should have, picked up that something saying that this couple were not joyous in their newly discovered news. I completely missed it because I didn’t leave my mouth closed. Had just shut-up and listened, I would have known the real reason for their call. The baby had Down’s Syndrome.

Even though the doctor had given them advice, it was advice that they did not want to take. Were they making the right decision. I told them they were the ones who would have to make the decision.

In the end they did stick with their original decision. Because they went against medical advice they would be forced to find another doctor. They didn’t and about seven months later, they took home a son. Yes, he had Down’s Syndrome.

I am no longer their pastor. I said it was a few years ago. It is closer to 20 years ago. I have long since lost track of that family. I wish I hadn’t but these things happen.

Have you ever noticed the joy that seems to live within almost any person who has Down’s Syndrome? I like to think that their young man is a person filled with that kind of joy and that he shares it with his family and everyone he meets.

And to think, if it wouldn’t have been for the patience of a couple who were in crisis and calling for me to listen and they ended up doing a good bit if listening, I may never have know. I am thankful I did.

Be blessed.

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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