Life Lessons from Pastor Mark 7.30.19


What does it mean to listen?  I mean really listen… to our bodies, our spouses, our kids, our friends, or our God. Listening sometimes takes more effort, yet can be liberating as we more fully discern and digest people and circumstances around us. It reminds me of the old adage “Listen more than you talk… that’s why God made us with two ears and one mouth!”

This season of my life has been one of listening. As the new pastor and the new kid on the block, I have been listening and learning about the ministry and mission of Polk Street. I have been inspired with our rich history, compelled with our present passions, and excited about our future. I have enjoyed this time of listening, and am looking forward to hearing more.

Part of listening is processing and then learning about what we have heard. Real listening doesn’t go in one ear and out the other, but helps us understand, see, feel, and figure things out. I have learned so much about the heart of Polk Street, where we have been, where we are now, and where we are going.

These first months at Polk Street have ignited in me a vision and mission for our ministry together at Polk Street. I feel like I have been summoned to lead, as I continually listen and learn. Polk Street is a very diverse and unique community full of leaders, and I am honored to lead as a pastor.

So, what are you listening to?  Are you really listening?  How has it changed you?  Because of listening, what have you been summoned to within or with your family, friends, church, or relationship with God?  Perhaps that is what James meant when he said in James 1:19: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen…”

Kay Porter