“Hello,” I managed in an out-of-breath voice. I had run up fourteen steps to catch the ringing phone.
“May I speak to Becky Alexander, please?” a man asked.
“This is Becky,” I stated, already putting up my guard.
“My name is John and I am calling from Rent-A-Center,” he began.
Click. Before letting him get out one more word, I hung up. A salesman! I fumed. I ran all the way up the stairs for that. How did he get my number? I am supposed to be on the “no call list.”
I returned to the project I was working on downstairs, this time taking my cell phone with me. In about five minutes, the phone rang again. Caller ID showed it was Aunt Gail. She was working a temporary job out-of-state so I was glad to hear from her.
“Hello!” I answered cheerfully.
“Hey, Beck. Did you just get a call from Rent-A-Center?” she started.
“Yes, I did,” I said slowly. “But I hung up on the guy.”
“Well, when he calls you back, will you please talk to him?” Aunt Gail snickered. “I’m trying to rent furniture for my apartment. I told him that my two nieces would be references for me. But when he called, you and Cindy both hung up on him.”
A quick listener may jump to a fast and wrong conclusion. Choose to be a slow listener today!
“Are you listening to me? Really listening?” (Matthew 11:15 MSG).