Listening Empathetically

with Ron Deal | April 22, 2020

No, I mean, are you listening? Listening empathetically? Stepmom Sara needs her kitchen to be clean. Stepdaughter Kari wants to bake a gift for Sara. When she saw the mess, Sara laid into Kari. Her need for cleanliness was getting in the way of hearing Kari's need to be accepted by her stepmom. She wasn't listening empathetically, she was just listening pathetically. She should have ignored the mess for a while and just thanked Kari. Don't listen pathetically. Listen for their need and love.

No, I mean, are you listening? Listening empathetically? Stepmom Sara needs her kitchen to be clean. Stepdaughter Kari wants to bake a gift for Sara. When she saw the mess, Sara laid into Kari. Her need for cleanliness was getting in the way of hearing Kari's need to be accepted by her stepmom. She wasn't listening empathetically, she was just listening pathetically. She should have ignored the mess for a while and just thanked Kari. Don't listen pathetically. Listen for their need and love.

Listening Empathetically

With Ron Deal
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April 22, 2020
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In this 60 second short feature, Ron Deal delivers a daily word of encouragement for those in stepfamilies and those who know them—which is a whole lot of us today. A relevant, real-world outlook with a biblical perspective.

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