Friday, June 08, 2007

Tu te souviens quand c'etait difficile?

Was inspired by this, to think about active listening... When I first started going to church in France I used to understand and take in something between 5 and 40% of the sermon. (I could probably understand more of it if I tried, but at the end of an hour and a half long service my brain would normally be a little fried linguistically speaking) Yet I could and would still get a lot out of the few phrases that stuck in my mind. More often than not there would be just one that I heard and made my mind wander. It really required me to do my own head work afterwards though, I couldn't just sit and be a consumer, having everything explained to me. No bad thing really. Being back in Scotland I am finding this all the more harder. I understand every word of the sermon. I don't have to think as much when I listen... but it's going to be so easy to become complacent. Listening to a sermon in english I'm realising should take just as much head and heart work as in french...
I guess this applies to my whole year... first semester especially was tough and maan did I need God. I didn't have much else to rely on... but being back in this beautiful country where I have my family and sooo many friends, where I have no real language barriers and don't get confused in group banter or struggle to understand sermons, I'm fighting against complacency.
So I'm going back to an old lesson, and I'm going to actively remember

3 comments:

nealb said...

inspired! :)

tagged you in a wee meme... http://www.nealb.co.uk/2007/06/non-books/

though you might enjoy to try..!

Jennington said...

i can only understand 2% of the sermons here... and have a little translated... so know what you mean... maybe I'll be in the same position when I come back?
looking forward to seeing you at some point in the nearish future... xxx

Lithgo Finni said...

im trying to learn french

previously ive been using english words but combined with an accent that sounds like a drunken french guy.