General George Marshall presented the following formula for handling people: “1) Listen to the other person. 2) Listen to the other person’s full story. 3) Listen to the other person’s full story first.” The General’s formula makes good sense, but we live in a world full of talkers and good listeners are very hard to find.
In today’s text Paul is going to encourage us as Christians to be good listeners, “to lead a quiet life, minding our own business, and to work with our hands.” How do we witness, how do we serve, if we are to be quiet and mind our own business? Simply be being there—being there to listen to the other person’s full story—being there to help however we can.