“Listening” by Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe

Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe, Campus Pastor, Mosaic Westside & South Bay writes:

“When I ran track in high school, my coach told me time and time again, “Goodie, listen for the starter’s voice (Ok, the word “gun” in my inner city school had other implications. A guy holding a gun in the air, prop or otherwise, never went over well in Compton. So we opted for a person’s voice). But I regress.

I remember one instance at a state-wide final, my senior year. As a hush came over the stadium, the starter’s voice was the focused attention of everyone on the track including people in the stands, coaches on the field, and athletes in the starter’s blocks. The anticipation of movement was thick, my heart pounded, and my hands melted with perspiration. Here it was: the long hours after school in practice, the weight and endurance training, and the rigorous diet came down to this moment. The start of the race, a moment that lasted all of .024 seconds at the most.

In the same way a runner anticipates the voice of the starter, I’m convinced the next step for “party theology,” and those wanting to move intentionally toward making room for others to connect to God and community, is to listen. Listening to God is critical because it allows you to consider how your life can be used as a conduit for His love and compassion. The Scriptures support the importance of listening. The wisest man in all the earth said, “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance” (Proverbs 1:5). James, a servant of Jesus, called for us to be “quick to listen, slow to speak. . .” (James 1:19).

In very practical ways, you will find there’s a hush in the hearts of those who want more to life than what they are currently experiencing. And so, you must listen to those around you who are disconnected from God and community. I’m convinced you need to listen to hear their heart, not simply their words. Listening involves taking note of other’s fear, pain, past failures, and negative perceptions about God and communities of faith. These feelings are real, but so too is the compassion of God expressed through Jesus. Hearing from those you desire to connect to God and community will give you a sense of interests, circumstances and environments that may be conducive for growth, learning, and character development. Have the audacity to believe that a person’s encounter with Jesus, in the context of community, is the most significant life altering experience on planet earth. An experience not based on opinion or previously held beliefs, but a result of a personal divine connection to the Transcendent….”

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