Big Ears!

A few weeks ago at the Redding, CA grand opening, I was reminded of something.  As I stood out front greeting customers before the ribbon cutting event, along with the comments of how the community was excited that Hobby Lobby was opening, the weather also was talked about.

There was a cool breeze, and I thought the temperature was great, and it was a welcome relief for me. However, there were customers in line who thought it was cold. So there I stood visiting with a line of customers as far as the eye could see and to some it was cold. While others thought it was just perfect. So what was it? There we were in the same spot, in the same conditions, yet opinions were different. Why? It all depended on where we came from.

James 1:19 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”

The illustration I used is a difference of opinion concerning weather, no big deal. (The crowd did agree on one thing…. Hobby Lobby is a great place.) Okay back to the moral of this devotional.  If we are not careful in everyday dealings with people, small differences can cause major divisions.

James gave us some instruction: listen more and speak less. What a concept! Our reactions and opinions may vary, but the differences do not need to divide us. Sometimes just taking that extra minute to listen will save a misunderstanding. Taking time to listen helps us understand why someone thinks it is hot while someone else thinks it is perfect.

If you have ever heard Ken Haywood speak, you’ve probably heard him mention “big ears.”  He has a desire to have big Spiritual ears to hear what God is saying. Having big Spiritual ears to hear God will cause us to have big ears to be “swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”

So this week, I pray that with God’s help, we will all listen more and speak less. God, give us all BIG EARS, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Mark 4:9 “And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

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