An elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the man to hear at 100 percent capacity.
The gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor said, “Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again.”
The man replied, “Oh, I haven’t told my family I can hear yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations and act like I can’t hear a thing. So far, I’ve changed my will three times!”
The real test of character is that we say to others the same thing we say about others. What you say when you don’t think anyone is hearing you says a lot about your integrity.
Listening is always a good idea. The book of James tells us to be quick to listen and slow to speak. It’s amazing how much we can learn when we simply quit talking and listen to what everyone else is saying. Just ask the elderly gentleman.