Written by cycleguy on July 23rd, 2021

A man consulted a doctor and told him his wife was going deaf. “I ask her what we are having for dinner and she doesn’t answer.”

“Bring her in,” the doctor said, “I’ll examine her.”

So the man brought his wife in. The doctor had her stand fifty feet away. He said to the man, “Go ahead and ask her what’s for dinner.”

“Hey honey,” he said, “what’s for dinner?”

Next, the doctor had the woman stand forty feet away.

“Hey, honey,” the man said, “I said, what’s for dinner?”

After going through this routine several times, the doctor finally had her stand five feet away.

“Hey, honey,” the man said, “for the sixth time, I said, what’s for dinner?”

The wife looked at the doctor then back at her husband. “And for the sixth time, I said, spaghetti!”

The man thought his wife had the hearing problem, but he was the one with the problem.  Sometimes we can be so sure of ourselves, so sure of something that we are hearing or not hearing, that the real message does not get through.

I don’t need to tell you how true that is when it comes to listening to a message/sermon or advice or to resolve a conflict.  We are so sure of ourselves that we hear but don’t really “hear.” That is especially true when we have to have the first word, the middle word and the last word.

Mark 4 is filled with teaching by Jesus that we need to listen to. My initial title was Listen First, Talk Second but after working on it I decided to change it to just LISTEN!  I would love to have you join me this Sunday if you can be here in person. If not, please check it out as we live stream both our services on YouTube or the church’s FB page.  And as always…if you can’t join either, your prayers would be most appreciated.


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Plan to tune in, Bill, but as we are leaving to go home that day, not sure if I’ll make it.
    Prayers for you!

  2. this convict me and makes laugh at the same time. Great story to bring home a powerful truth. Hope all is well with you Bill. I posted a book on my blog that I think you would enjoy. Dave Wall is a very good writer but when we first met them it was in Papua New Guiena which he talks about in the book. I had the honor of writing the forward for him, my first time doing something like that. Gotta get back to writing my own book. Blessings.

    • cycleguy says:

      Thanks for coming by Betty. I did read the review. I’m going to wait to order until I have a few more books to put in my cart.