Practice selective hearing, Pastor Furtick’s advised yesterday Practice selective hearing. We’re all good at that already, right? Husbands and wives. Parents and children. Bosses and employees. We often hear what we want to hear only what we want.
Let’s take it a little further. Who should we practice selective hearing with? Is there a family member who often sees your faults but rarely sees your positive qualities? Do you have a friend who constantly seems to see the negative side of your situation? Practice selective hearing; choose to listen to those who are pointing you to Christ and becoming more like Him.
Pastor reminded us that right voices lead to right choices. When we listen to those who love us the most, we can trust that the words they are speaking into our life are words that lead to life. Maybe the friend speaking the hurtful words doesn’t in fact love you; maybe she loves herself. We can ignore or delete friends on FaceBook; should we do that in life as well? We follow only who we want to follow on Twitter; should we practice doing the same in our friendship circles?
“Choices. You make them every day. Some are small and insignificant. Others will have a profound impact on the rest of your life. The bottom line is this: the choices you make today and lead to success or serious regrets.” – Marilyn Morris
The Lord must have really wanted me to get this. Here is what I read this morning:
“Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?…Choose wisdom; my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.” Proverbs 8:1, 11 NIV
Using the wisdom He gives us, we can discern what voices in our lives are speaking truth and which ones are just speaking. A dear friend once told me, “Take out the meat; throw out the bones.” Listen to the words that are being spoken; even if they are harsh words. Then ask the Lord, “Are these words from You? Words I should be listening to?” Take in those that will cause you to grow; forgive those that cause you to hurt.
Lord, help me to practice selective listening today. Keep my heart open to hearing your voice as the constant; while listening to the others that speak your truth. Amen