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Hearing is something your body does without thought. Listening takes intentional effort and focus to process the meaning of what is being heard.

On any given day at any given moment you may receive a deluge of words and noises that your ears are forced to hear. Think about it. What does your day look like? Who are the people and voices in your life? Who’s loudest?

Everyday you hear, but do you listen? 

Well, that likely depends on who is talking.

Right now, who is the most prominent voice you are listening to? Is it your roommate, parents, pastor, children, friend, Beyoncé, or yourself? The truth is, we speak to ourselves and we all have many voices trying to reach us and speak to us. 

Whether you listen to the voice speaking or not often depends on who’s speaking and if you find what they have to say important. True?

If grandma said, “Your clothes look strange,” You would likely take it differently than had your best friend said the exact same thing. Or if the toddler next door yelled out, “you’re stupid,” versus if the one whom you love the most were to yell it.

I am a voice right now. I am writing to you in such a way that I hope you will listen and make it to the end of this post. That’s my goal.

So what do I have to say, anyway?

I want to say that among all the voices that you are hearing, you may not be listening to the most important voice. I want you to reprioritize your voices. I want you to place a different value on those speaking into your life. 

Why?

If you’re anything like me you get tired of all of the listening. It wears you down. And if that’s true for you, please quiet your soul and LISTEN to this. 

Listen to what God has to say.

 “Come to me,
all who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest. 
Take my yoke upon you,
and learn from me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. 
For my yoke is easy,
and my burden is light.”

Daily, discipline your ears to listen to the voice of God. For God has spoken, and continues to speak through his perfect word. And what He has to say is absolutely precisely what you NEED to hear. 

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16 NLT

Jon Oettel

Family Pastor

Jon heard about who Jesus Christ was as a young boy and accepted his sweet and gracious gift. It is at Calvary and with help from its ministry staff that he grew to love God and gained a passion for working with children. Jon’s passion is to come alongside families, work with children and make more and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ. He prays that the Family Ministry at Calvary will be God-Centered and every event will reflect Jesus' love for children. Jon and his wife Lacey have two children; Ahna and Josiah.

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