Friday of the Second Week


Is 48:17-49
Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4, and 6
Mt 11:16-19


I can’t even begin to count the number of times I heard my mother say to me; “Listen sweetheart, I only tell you this because I know what’s best for you.” That word listen is not a benefit to God; it’s a benefit to us as His children.  And until we begin to do just that, we will continue to miss out on so many promises that can’t be released to us because of our disobedience. Temptation and so many other situations are always at work to hinder us from following God’s plan. 

Oftentimes, we do all the talking and asking during our alone time with Him, but we fail in the area of listening.  The last time I checked, a conversation was two-way, correct?  Just like in a relationship, if only one person is doing all the conversing, then there’s potential for a great deal of imbalance.  And we all know what can happen when that occurs. Yes, you’ve got it right, Chaos! 
As we grow older, it would be beneficial to us to remember that as we journey through the various seasons in our lives, we should often take time to refocus.  I mean really pause and take a step back to listen to the important things in life and our faith.  If we would simply challenge ourselves to look past all of the hurry and worry that somehow finds it’s way to infiltrate our hearts and minds during this busy holiday season, then we will be more prone to marvel at the real gift that we’ve been given through Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Let’s open our ears so that we can open our hearts without delay to God.

-Laneé Battle Johnson, Center for Inclusion & Diversity