Listening not hearing

When my youngest daughter was around five years old, we lived in a split level house. This particular home had the living room on the lower level and the kitchen on the upper level.

While my daughter and I were watching tv in the living room before dinner one evening, Kimy, my wife, decided to quickly clean out the fridge before cooking our meal. A few minutes after she started, a terribly loud crashing sound came from up in the kitchen.My youngest daughter jumped off the couch and ran up the stairs to see what all the noise was about. A few moments later, her small little girl voice rang down the stairs, “It’s OK, mommy just dropped her drawers in the kitchen!” Apparently, Kimy was washing out the crisper drawers from the bottom of the fridge and dropped one while putting it back. As funny as that is, it makes the point that we all need to pay close attention to what we say and how we say it. In this era of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Snapchat, every Chirstian must be aware of the audience they are speaking to and try not to leave anything to interpretation. The Apostle Peter, who often had a hard time filtering his words, said this, “If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:11) So today, remember it doesn’t matter what was said, it only matters what was heard.

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