What are we listening to?…
I’ve got to confess, I have caught myself questioning the Apostle Paul (and others) while reading his instructions in the Bible – Yep, I said it – and there might be a few of you gasping for air right now, or maybe a few of you do it as well. I have thought to myself: “What did Jesus say?” or, “What does God say about that?” I want my information directly from the source. To be completely honest, usually, it’s to justify something I’ve thought or done wrong.
3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
Hmmm. Often, this verse describes me… Can’t be so!?
Invariably, when I look back and “check” their instructions, I can find that indeed God and/or Jesus Christ verifies “their story”:
16 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord.
Words are powerful!
Yesterday, I “promoted” a post on social media with the pure intent of sharing a deep “connection” with people, strangers – and I found myself watching the promotion with my heart racing. We were excited and had visions of thousands of families sitting around reading the script and watching the seven-minute embedded clip.
The anticipation was greater than watching the Buckeye’s play for the National Championship! The hopes were diminished pretty quickly. When the promotion was over, it wasn’t thousands – nor hundreds – it was 18. I caught a resentment. I just couldn’t understand how that many thousands of people liked, reposted, and commented on “one- liners” about politics or what someone ate for lunch when my post shared the Gospel and hope.
My better half had to “draw the reigns” on me. What she pointed out quickly shut me up and brought reasoning and warmth to my hardening heart. She reminded me that my goal was to help one person – not thousands!
One person sent an email to me about that post and said that the post “changed her life!” I smiled. That instantly made it all better. That was worth the $50. I remembered the “mission” that I pray about daily.
Words are indeed productive or devastatingly destructive. If I look back at the past week and the posts that I have not only written but also reading other authors posts as well, there is a theme. Words produce. They produce feelings and feelings produce actions. Where we get those words are up to us.
That’s all I’ve got this Sunday morning. Please feel free to comment or share. Have a great day!
Todays verse to “chew on”:
36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words, you will be condemned.”
Some interesting statistics:
- There are over 5,000 professional speakers that tour the United States every year.
- A top motivational speaker or self-help guru can command a $50,000 fee for a live presentation.
- The focus within this industry has shifted more from a spiritual sense to a practical sense – people want real skills to develop that they can use to better their own lives.