O Be Careful Little Ears What You Hear

For the Father up above is looking down with love, so be careful little ears what you hear.

We covered the eyes last week and that isn’t an easy one. Our eyes/vision are what gives us our perception of life and ultimately guides the direction of our hearts. This week is covering our ears.

Our ears give us sense of direction, empowers us and helps us throughout our everyday lives without limitations. Our hearing enables us to socialize, work, and communicate, staying connected with others.

I struggle more with what I watch and the time spent in other activities verses my quiet time with the Lord than I do with what I listen to but this one is a tough one for many people. What we hear shapes who we are.  Whether we hear the voices of our own destruction or of someone else, we feel defined by the words we allow to be said. (or should that say by the words we’ve heard/listened to?)

Why do we do this to ourselves?

I am my own biggest fan (my mom is a very close second) but I am also my own worst critic (she is far from this, but she may be a bit biased :)).  I can replay my failures over and over again and feel loads of guilt, no matter what it is. I can decide quickly that I am not good enough for ______. (whatever it may be in that moment) I can get really down in the dumps sometimes.

What about you?

But one thing I am grateful for is that I have a pretty healthy positive attitude and I can cheer myself up 9 out of 10 times. I can name my good qualities as quickly as my flaws. I also know {and remind myself often} that I am blessed. That I am a daughter of the one true King. And that I am loved.  Oh, so loved.

I replay these words over and over again. I write them down often. I repeat them out loud. I really do. I do this because that is the only way that I know that I can keep going. Life is hard.  Adulting is hard. Being a female is hard. A mom, a wife, an employee… it can be plain hard…. because we can be so hard on ourselves.

Words are powerful. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” We can choose to become victims of this power or to become a conqueror. I constantly choose to conquer the hurt and negativity of words and feed myself words of life.

I have a few practical ways to produce life in your words listed here. But what about the words of others? What about the doors you allow to open with your daily choices? Those are impactful too. I believe the impact begins with the words you say about yourself that leads to how you feel about yourself but it derives from somewhere. Where can we start so that we can see a change?

What music do you listen to? Music has huge benefits for your stress level and your moods. It is scientifically proven. If that is so, then the type of music you listen to will have an affect. Again, the quote I originated with says, “Watch your thoughts, for they become your words… your actions… your habits… your character… your destiny.” Anything you listen to, whether it be music, podcasts, the news, worldly or not, it will become your thoughts which shape your destiny.

It is that important. As I mentioned, it is a slow fade – so if you and I don’t recognize it now, it will only get harder for us.

Again, I believe it begins with the words you say about yourself so I want to close by asking you to ask yourself every day for one week, “Have I been kind to myself?” Truthfully answer your own question. Be mindful of the words you allow your mind to say and hear.

Helpful ideas to be kind to yourself:

  • Let go of the power of comparison, competition, and condemnation.
  • Let go of your past, your fears, and your guilt.
  • Give yourself a break. Quit criticizing yourself and try giving a compliment.
  • Guard your mind from negative feelings.
  • Be assertive, not aggressive.
  • Choose to love yourself. It is up to you, and only you. The choice you have is a powerful healing tool.
  • Accept that you are loved and chosen by the one true King.

“For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.”

Psalm 139:13-14

Maybe more importantly, another way to see this warning, would be to be careful of what we hear in regards to the truth.

Mark 4:24 “Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.”

How much we put into hearing the Word, is how much we will get back out of it. That is where we grow in our wisdom and understanding. Those words will impact us even greater than any other means of filling ourselves up.

We are not to be self seeking when it comes to the Word. When we choose to truly seek Him, we will hear the truth and the truth shall set us free. Free from self. Forgiven. More joy.

John 8:31-32 “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

And lastly, we can’t seek for messages and doctrines that condone our own lifestyle, as opposed to adhering to the teachings of the apostles. That is what ‘itchy ears’ means below.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

Don’t believe the lies of the world. Don’t allow them change your thoughts about yourself, the biblical truth, or His love for you. Because He loves you and is looking down with love.

More on being mindful of what you’re listening to here.

Another direction to go with this topic is hearing the Word. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17 If you have heard the Word (and I would say you have if you made it to the bottom of this post) then the decision to follow it is up to you. Not following His commands in the Bible, because now just isn’t the right time and “one day you will”, is a choice that has very severe consequences. If you have now heard His Word and believe in Him (Mark 16:16), then there comes a time to repent (Acts 2:37 & 17:30-31) turn away from your sins (1 Thes 1:9), Confess that Jesus is Lord (Matthew 10: 32-33 & 16:16), be baptized (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3-4) and you will be added to the church – all because you heard the Gospel.  Amen!! (Acts 2:41, 47)

Please know that your soul is precious. Our thoughts, what we hear and choose to listen to become what we do and who we are. Eventually it is the deciding factor of where we spend eternity.

Dear loved one, choose wisely.

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