Jesus made a very interesting statement one day…he said, “Be careful, then, how you listen; because those who have something will be given more, but whoever has nothing will have taken away from them even the little they think they have.”
let’s put it this way….’Therefore, take care how you listen. For whoever has, more will be given to him; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him.”
Many times we hear the words that come out of the mouth of a person and walk away upset, confused, offended or encouraged to continue in your journey of this life. However, have you ever taken the time to ask yourself, ‘why have I/we allowed our emotions to determine our reaction to what we just heard? Many times we are still reacting to someone over what was said to us directly or what we heard many years ago.
If you desire to grow up then you must learn and make a choice today to never REACT but RESPOND to what you hear. There is a big difference between the two. When I REACT I allow my emotions to take over and govern my behavior. By doing this it may be the cause and reason why my health, relationships and money are the way they are.
When I RESPOND I ask questions such as, why, when, why, where, how, or what. I take time to reflect on my state of mind at that time and examine what my motive was and my emotions during that period. Why would you ask a question like why?
I’m glad you ask: When I ask why, I am meditating in my mind (NOT WITH OTHERS) why did I react the way I did, did I feel disrespected or was I to proud and did not like the correction that I got at the time, did I have respect for the person and did I show respect even if they were not, and finally did I miss the ‘message’ that was said when none of my fake friends nor enemies would share with me why my life was the way it is today?
Today, pay attention to how you listen
Practice random acts of kindness
and Intentionally, see yourself the way your creator sees you. Repent and make a change today!