My father used to tell me that the reason God gave us two ears and one mouth was so that we would listen twice as much as we speak. One of my challenges in life is to listen more and talk less.
If you want a deep and understanding relationship, you must first decide not to hide your true feelings, desires and needs. Unlike Moses, who wore a veil so no one would notice that the glory was fading from his face, we don’t need to wear masks to hide behind.
Our culture is more connected to one another through social media than any generation before, but sadly more disconnected from any deep and meaningful relationship than ever before. We can have thousands of friends on Facebook but not one real friend we relate to face to face.
The current of our culture has sent the honor of marriage adrift. Either so disappointed by failed marriages, broken promises and abandonment, a generation has lost hope in the ideal of marriage or simply left commitment at the altar.
Much of our culture would challenge the command to “honor” marriage today. It wasn’t that different in Biblical times either. That’s why, in his closing comments, the writer of Hebrews encourages Christ followers to “give honor to marriage….”
Jesus explained the cross to a religious leader named Nicodemus in a way that he would understand, comparing it with an Old Testament story found in Numbers 21. It was a story Nicodemus no doubt had taught before.
Rene Lacoste was the world’s greatest tennis player in the late 1920s, and he won seven major titles including Wimbledon, the US Open, the French Open. This Frenchman was called Le Crocodile by his friends to describe his aggressive style of championship tennis play.
You’ve heard the expression, “Fake it ‘til you make it!” Maybe, like me, you’ve done that as well. It’s when we put on a pretense and hide what we’re really feeling inside. We act bold on the outside; but, inside, we’re feeling insecure and afraid.
amuel was just a boy when he first heard it. He was lying in bed. Three times, the whisper of God called his name, “Samuel, Samuel ….” He thought it was his mentor, the Priest Eli, who was calling him. So clear was the call that, each time, he rose from bed and went to Eli.
Nothing is more reassuring to a child than the voice of their mother or father. It’s amazing to watch how they respond to a comforting word spoken softly yet with confident assurance and love.