Thursday, May 26, 2011

Listening to Others

Today as I was reading my Bible, I got to Proverbs 19:20 "Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise."

Wow! Food for thought. I know I struggle to listen to what other people have to say, especially as I get older. While I know I don't have all of the answers and I don't mind asking for help, I also know that sometimes I hate what I hear. It doesn't mean the advice or words of wisdom aren't good, it usually means that I am being stubborn and don't like what I hear. However, I also know that usually when I give myself time to sit back and think about it, that usually the words of wisdom or good advice have time to sink in, even if it hurts sometimes to acknowledge they are true.

I know that at times even when I know God is right that I still struggle to obey. God never promised that listening to him and allowing him to lead us would be easy. He just said, His way is the narrow road that leads to Heaven. Especially in today's world where the advice of the world is "if it feels good, it must be right." Or everyone is entitled to their opinion, everyone deserves this or deserves that?" It must be very tough for God to compete with that sometimes- although he doesn't have to compete at all - because He is God and in the end no matter what the majority of the world says to you. God's voice should always be the only we should really give any attention at all. I know it's very difficult, I struggle to hear him above the dim as well.

Do you allow others to lead you? Or do you stubbornly hang on to what you think you want to do? Do you listen when God tries to lead you or do you fight him each step of the way? How do you think that is helping you in your life or is it causing you a lot of heartache?

Father,
Thank you that you are such a patient and loving God. Thank you that even when we mess up, you still love us - even when we are stubborn and willful. Thank you for your wonderful Love Letter in the Bible and the many blessings you shower on us. Please be with those who are struggling with pain, sorrow, and grief right now. Be with the families who are still in shock after the devastating tornadoes in the Midwest. I know you are holding Cole and Ryan Hamill right now, and I ask that you send the Great Comforter to the Hamill family. Be with the rescue workers as they still search through rubble and debris over the next weeks and months.
In Your Precious Name,
Amen

Have an uneventful week for the rest of the week and God Be with you all.

Love in Christ,
Maureen

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