“Willingness to be Bored”

“The secret of his success, it was said, was his willingness to be bored.”
– Barbara Tuchmann (“The Zimmermann Telegram”) describing von Bernstorff, the German ambassador to America during WWI

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
– James 1:19

If Christians were such committed listeners that people said we are “willing to be bored,” we would

  • learn more
  • react more appropriately
  • demonstrate that we really do care about people

…. if we were willing to actually hear them out.

Even if some of what they say might be boring.  After all, God loves boring people, too. 🙂

About Jon Gleason

Former Pastor of Free Baptist Church of Glenrothes
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