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Have you ever had a conversation with someone and s/he was nodding, saying things like “Hmm, yup, etc” but deep down inside you know s/he was not listening to you?” Or even better, have you been that person who was nodding your head but you really were not listening.

There are lots of distinctions between hearing and listening, but the one that grabs my attention the most is: “hearing is to know about someone but listening is to be with someone.”

If you find yourself sharing a lot about your friend’s credentials, their skill, talent, etc but very little about the character of the person, that’s a real good indication that you are spending more time hearing than listening.

Luke 19:5-9

And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

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A Ray of Light:

For years I have read this passage of scripture and missed these two words in verse 5, “looked up.” The words “look up” means to recover sight after focusing one’s attention on the natural.

How many times have we received an email and we immediately draw our own conclusion, immediately draft a response and the voice within says, “don’t send it. But what do we do?

The bible does not explicitly tells us if Jesus engaged in conversation with the group labelled, “they” in verse “7” but there is a really good chance he turned and heard their accusations of the swindler, Zacchaeus.

So the words, “looked up” is significant.

You see, it is impossible for us to truly see our coworkers, loved ones, spouse, humanity as a whole if we don’t lay aside our black robe of judgement (our perspective from the surface).

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