I’m Not Actually Listening!


I work in an office where there’s music playing all day long. It’s not exactly my kind of music. I love music, but not all music. Some of it just irritates me and puts me in a bad mood. Some music makes me depressed and I just want to cry all day. My all time favorite music is worship because of always feeds my spirit.

Yesterday, I parked my car and began walking home. A secular song was looping through my brain and I thought, ‘Where did that come from?’ It had been playing in the office and although I wasn’t actually ‘listening’, it was still being ‘heard’. Subconsciously, my mind was hearing it, recording it and playing it back to me.

What are you listening to? I know people who have the news playing all day. They’re not really paying attention to it, it’s just ‘white noise’, they say. But those same people are fearful, angry and frustrated. They don’t know why, they just are. Your ‘white noise’ is feeding your spirit.

In Luke 6:45, Jesus said, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

We were created as spirits to bring light in a dark world. Just as our bodies are fed and affected by the food we eat, be it good or bad, so our spirits are affected by what we put into our hearts.  If are to be like Jesus, we must spend our time doing what He did; imitating God.

John 5:19-20a Jesus speaking, “I assure you that the Son can do nothing alone. He does only what he sees his Father doing. The Son does the same things that the Father does. The Father loves the Son and shows him everything he does.” John 14:12 says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

You can’t imitate what you’ve not seen so if you’re doing things you shouldn’t be doing, re-examine what you’re watching.

Father, I set my eyes on You today. As I spend time with You this morning, I ask You to change my appetites to listen and watch things that are good, that they bring change to those around me. I cannot show love to the unlovely unless I know that Love dwells on the inside of me. So much power, this power of Love. Help me to love like You. Help me to focus my attention on You so that I can reflect You everyday in every way. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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