When we seek to hear, it’s a current action. When we seek to be heard, it indicates a past tense. Listening is an ongoing process, speaking can prematurely end conversations, relationships, and destinies. There is a time to speak, but we should weigh the cost.
Hearing is one of the five senses, and is a daily sense we must cultivate. The ears only job is to take in. The mouth can eat and drink for days without needing to vocalize anything. The mouth doesn’t even do the vocalizing, the vocal chord do. It’s just the microphone, not the sound system.
Seeking to hear opens us to the needs of others. Speaking the wrong thing, or the right thing at the wrong time, does not serve others well. It is an old analogy, but we were given two ears and one mouth for a reason. I am praying to learn more about seeking to hear than to be heard.