WHO HAS YOUR EAR?
You’re most likely not aware that you are bombarded with approximately 5000 messages each day. Each one of these messages is designed for the sole purpose of gaining your attention, gaining your “ear” so to speak. As a point of reference, globally, some 6,000,000,000 (6B) messages are transmitted each and every day. This equates to 16,000 audible, visual, and/or printed messages per second.
We would quickly be overcome were it not for the built-in, subconscious filters that each one of us possesses. These filters automatically discard those messages that are of no interest or importance. In addition, each of us have a set of conscious filters that we can employ; for example, I’m getting hungry. When this filter kicks-in, all of a sudden, we notice food ads that an instant before didn’t register with us.
So, whose messages get past your filters? Perhaps another way to say this is, who has your ear? Who do you allow to reach you with their messages and, what is the nature of the messages that you do allow past your filters?
One final question: where is God in terms of your filters?
Scripture: Proverbs 19:20
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “trust” as: assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something. Given this definition, the problem that each person faces is this – who/what can be trusted in this sin-broken world?
History has demonstrated, repeatedly, that much of what men have said and done could not be trusted. Over time, what governments have promised they have either failed to deliver or, have just the opposite. The story is the same for many businesses. These failures in trust is truly the story of sinful men trying to survive in a sin-broken world.
If man cannot be trusted, then who or what can be. The answer is God; He has always been trustworthy. Scripture contains example after example of the promises of God being fulfilled over time. Where the track record of man has shown one broken promise after another, Scripture has shown that God’s track record just the opposite. Samuel wrote: As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. (2 Samuel 22)
Trust in man – be wary; trust in God – be at ease.
Scripture: Proverbs 3:5; 11:28
What does it mean to love?
God has much to say about the answer to this question in Scripture. For instance, He tells His children that they are to love Him with all their minds and hearts. He goes on to say that not only are they to love Him, they are also to love their neighbor, i.e. one another. He is not finished, however, for He tells husbands that they are to love their wives and conversely, that wives are to love their husbands and their children. He even tells them that they are to love their enemies!
We are told to love but again, what does it mean to love? How would we recognize the act of love?
We are able to recognize it because He first showed it to us when He loved us. He broke into man’s world and gave His only begotten Son, all that He had to give, as the final sacrifice for the satisfaction of the grief that out sins caused Him. Because He did this, husbands are able to place the wellbeing of their wives and children above their own. We are able to forgive the offense of a neighbor, treating that neighbor as if the offense never occurred.
The examples of love are all around you if you will but take the time to look for them.
Scripture: Proverbs 10:12
Time For Your Children
When was the last time that you took the afternoon off to spend with your kids? Been a while has it!
As important as your work is, spending time with your kids is by far more important. We need to play with them, to read to them, and to show them what is important to us. We call this teaching and it’s important because if you don’t teach them, who will? If you don’t teach your kids, there are those who are more than willing to do so; most likely with lessons that you do not want them to learn and over which you have no control.
Jesus took time as a part of His public ministry to be with His disciples. Indeed, these were important times in His ministry. It was during these times that the disciples came to know Him, not just as a Rabbi, but as a fellow human being. They came to know what was important and what was not, what was acceptable and what was not.
He was investing in the future of His Church by investing time in these twelve men. Isn’t this what we do when we take time away from work to be with our children? Aren’t we investing in their future as well as ours?
Scripture: Proverbs 5:7; 7:24; 22:6