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Ear (Photo credit: Menage a Moi)

 While listening to others talk, are you listening to their message and what they’re trying to convey? Or are you listening for a subtle message behind the message? One that tells you that they really think a lot about themselves. Hmmm. Like how many times they said “I” in their speech. Don’t get me wrong, we have to talk about ourselves some. When we are asked point-blank about how we are when someone hasn’t seen us in a while, they really want to know what’s been going on in our lives. But come on, when we see someone every day and they ask how we are, they don’t want a moment by moment itinerary. Let’s face it, some of us talk about ourselves way too much, and some people will start avoiding us because they don’t get to enter the conversation unless they butt in. And if they don’t butt in, we don’t know how they are feeling or what’s going on in their lives. Maybe God led them there today to have you pray for them and what they are going through.  We are to think of others better than ourselves. Maybe…we just talk to be talking. And when we’re self-oriented we tend to say the word “I” way too often. God can’t use us for His purpose when we don’t listen to others and put their needs before our own.

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 There’s no “I” in team. Have you heard that quote? Christians are a team, or we’re supposed to be anyway. This is an even better quote: There’s no “I” in team but there is in “win.” When we work for God–we win. Plain and simple. When we visit someone in the hospital, we can talk with other patients there, find out about their loved one, and ask if we can pray with them. Or we can simply take down the name of the patient and what they are having done, a little background on them if it’s serious, and pray on our own. We win!

Win Win (film)

Win Win (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 The bible tells us to be slow to anger, quick to listen and slow to speak. And since God gave us two ears and one mouth, maybe, just maybe we are supposed to listen at least twice as much as we talk. A lot of words are wasted in any given day. We don’t only talk about ourselves, but we also talk about others, and this in a derogatory manner, perhaps hearing it from another source. Gossip. If we hear something we don’t know for a fact is true, we need to allow it go in one ear and out the other. Again, the bible tells us to mind our own business, and not be busybodies. This is sound christian doctrine, and words we should all try to live by. Let’s do what we can to let this “me” generation fizzle out. Let’s ask ourselves how many times a day we say “I.” Then if it’s too often–we can change. Change is good. I’m  just saying.

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What is your mood today? Is your world falling apart? Is a friend or family member going through a terrible bout with Cancer? Maybe one has Alzheimer’s or another life-threatening disease. What about you–you have battles of your own to contend with, don’t you?

When others are used to seeing you happy, it’s unnerving to them if you have an emotionless, empty day. You tell yourself what the Apostle Paul said about being content in all circumstances (Philippians 4:11)  then you try to lift yourself up out of your grief because that’s what is expected of you as a christian. You know you’ll pray about the situation, just not yet. And anyway, God knows all about it, so He could fix this thing that has such a hold on you if He really wanted to, right?    

Rembrandt - Apostle Paul - WGA19120

Rembrandt – Apostle Paul – WGA19120 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NYC: Church of St Paul the Apostle

NYC: Church of St Paul the Apostle (Photo credit: wallyg)

This is the reason we are supposed to have fellowship with other believers, so they can lift us up in prayer. They can grieve with us and hold our hand through our turmoil. The bible states “where two or three are gathered in my name, I will be in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20). Letting someone know how you’re feeling so they can console you and lift you up in prayer is vitally important.  Anyone can lift your spirits with the right words, but only a fellow believer will offer to pray on your behalf. And that makes all the difference because you both know who will be your true comforter. God will also give you peace about the situation(Philippians 4:7). He loves you and doesn’t want you to worry(Luke 12:22-26). There’s nothing like true christian friendship. You know where your help lies. After prayer, you feel refreshed and ready to face the outcome of the situation. Don’t give Satan a foothold. Pray and look up, not down.

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