Hearing vs. Listening

Friday, July 29, 2016

All scripture is breathed out by God and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. ​2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

Everyone has bad days. Days when you slept through the alarm, stumped your toe, forgot your homework, and dropped your toothbrush in the toilet (well, hopefully not that last one). It’s easy to get stuck in the muck about rough days and put off your walk with Christ because you’re just too “busy." 

Sometimes we make decisions that we think we can handle, when we really should be prayerfully asking God to guide us. The stresses of life, even for teenagers, is distracting and overwhelming.

The same God that made mountains, oceans, and furry little puppies is the same God that breathed Scripture for us. 

We can try to make our own plans, but God has a funny way of changing them if we’re not following His plan. I believe that everyone has his or her own gifts and strengths to be used to spread God’s love. By consulting scripture, we can be thoroughly equipped for every good work, so that we may teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness.

Lord, help me to listen to Your Word. Open my ears and heart to understand where you are guiding me. Forgive me for letting worldly distractions get in the way. Use me as Your witness. In Your name I pray, Amen.

What are your gifts or strengths that you could use to spread God’s love?
Could you turn off your TV, computer, and phone for an entire day?

Spend some time in God’s word, just you and Him, and really listen to what He has planned for you.

Written By: Katy Carpenter

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