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1009th -- Listen Louder


We should always be quick to recognize what is most important in life. 
Many times we become so busy with our daily routines that we forget to 
take the time to spend with those who mean the most to us. When we place
schedules and routines above our relationships, in time those 
relationships will fracture because they are not receiving the attention 
that they deserve. Anything that is neglected will eventually perish. 
When we don't nurture the relationships that we have with our spouse, 
children, parents, siblings and friends then we will lose the connection 
that we have with them. They will feel unimportant and believe that we 
don't care about their feelings or what they're going through in life. 
Just because we may be busy is no reason to neglect or forget those who 
mean the world to us. Feeling a certain way towards someone and showing 
them how you feel are two different things. You may love your spouse, 
children, family, etc. to know end, but if you don't tell them and show 
them with your words and actions how you feel, then they will never truly
know. Words not spoken are often times words not felt. We have to make 
an effort in our relationships. It may be something simple or something 
that may take a little extra time, but effort must be put in so that our 
relationships can continue to grow and flourish for the rest of our life.

Be encouraged to think on how you're spending your time. Are you investing
wisely in the lives of those closest to you? Are you listening to their 
stories, concerns and worries? Are you encouraging them, inspiring them,
challenging them and showing them how special they are and how much they 
have to offer this world? We are a big influence whether we realize it or
not and our attention or lack thereof will have a great impact upon those
whom we love. Be encouraged to take the initiative and see how important
spending time with your loved ones really is. Nurture your relationships;
let your love be made known. Do something special for them for no 
particular reason and reiterate to them how much you love them and how 
much they mean to you. Do not allow another day to pass you by without 
showing your love. All that we will have in the end is the love that we 
purposefully gave out to those who meant the world to us.

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see the 
importance that comes in communication. When we invest in the lives of 
others, the return that we will receive will be immeasurable.


A man realized he needed to purchase a hearing aid, but he felt unwilling
to spend much money. “How much do they run?” he asked the clerk.

“That depends,” said the salesman. “They run from $2.00 to $2,000.”

“Let's see the $2.00 model,” he said.

The clerk put the device around the man's neck. “You just stick this 
button in your ear and run this little string down to your pocket,” he 

“How does it work?” the customer asked.

“For $2.00 - it doesn't work,” the salesman replied. “But when people see
it on you, they'll talk louder!"”

As you know, most communication problems are not due to people talking too
softly. Unfortunately, we are not always good listeners. Do you know that
people will pay hundreds of dollars an hour for no other reason than to 
have someone listen to them?

Psychologist Carl Rogers said, “A person's real need, a most terrible 
need, is for someone to listen...not as a 'patient' but as a human soul.”
To listen well is to respond to a great human yearning.

One small child put it like this: “I'll try to listen louder.”

What might happen if you “listened louder” today?

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

John 15:11-13 Jesus says
“These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy
might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is My 
commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love 
hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Romans 12:15-18 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them 
that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things,
but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of
all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with
all men.”

1 John 4:20-21 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a
liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love
God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from Him, That he
who loveth God love his brother also.”

Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus declares
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that
is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put 
it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that
are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see 
your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: THE RIGHT WORDS
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem173.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: JESUS STILLS HEALS TODAY
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony35.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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