In our digital age, the Golden Rule is not enforced online. ~Whitney Wolfe
Several years ago I noticed something was changing. I wasn’t hearing things correctly. It became very apparent the day I brought home yogurt for my son.
“Here’s your yogurt.” I set it on the counter in front of him.
“Thanks?” He looked confused. “Where’s my deodorant?”
“What do you mean?”
I had no clue. The boy had asked for yogurt. Here was the yogurt. Was I supposed to read his mind that he needed deodorant?
It turns out I didn’t need to read his mind, I just needed to listen carefully. He hadn’t asked for yogurt, but he did need deodorant.
In Luke 8, Jesus tells the people to consider carefully how they listen.
Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.
Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.”
He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.” Luke 8:18-21
How do you listen carefully?
By putting God’s word into practice.
Is someone trying to sabotage you at work? Is your ex trying to turn the children against you? Does your neighbor threaten court proceedings for the tree on your border?
Jesus said to pray for our enemies.
Does a friend’s constant chatter about her new car make you want to slash her tires? Do you stay away from the baby showers because you’re angry with God for withholding a child? Maybe you schedule your car for a tune-up so you don’t have to meet the “Happy Pappies” for breakfast to talk about another trip abroad.
God tells us to rejoice with others.
You mutter all the way to work about your children making you late again. -Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.
You call the church fellowship committee to say that you can’t be a part of this weekend’s event. Something came up that sounds like “cap on the pouch.” -Let your yes be yes and your no be no.
Take care of widows and orphans. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Don’t look lustfully or covetously at another. Honor your father and mother.
How carefully are you listening? Are you putting the Word into practice?