Ask Questions and Wait for a Reply

In every conversation you have work to make listening the most significant role you play.  Refrain from saying anything other than questions to provoke more opportunities for listening.  Attempt, if at all possible from making conclusive statements, but rather use questions to move the conversation along.  In your prayers do the same thing by praying things like, “Lord, what is your will for me today?”  “Where do you want me to be working in this place?”  And so on.

 

About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.


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