The Power of Listening

Brad M. Griffin | Apr 19, 2012

What are you listening to?

Who are you listening to?

How closely are you listening?

This year’s TEDxTeen talks are being released, and one of the inspiring talks from a young South African man gives testimony to the power of listening: a Xhosa boy who listened to a Pavarotti CD left behind by his father; a community who listened to the songs of boys on the streets; a city opera who listened to a remarkable young voice and chose to look beyond his gang background.

Take a few minutes to listen to Mteto Maphoyi’s story. Chances are there are songs being sung around you that are longing to be heard, just waiting for us to listen.

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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