As Christmas time passes once again, I think back on all of the songs and hymns we sang as a way to celebrate the coming of our King Jesus. I realize that Christ was most likely born in warmer weather and in an opposite season, but I do appreciate mankind making a conscious decision to set aside one day each year to say, “Happy Birthday, Jesus,” which just happens to be one of my favorite Christmas songs.
As I was singing the song, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” the Lord prompted me to consider my daily practice of talking and listening. I think, many times, I don’t hear what others hear and I don’t hear what God is saying because I am too busy talking. I want to be more like Jesus. I want to listen with spiritual ears and a spiritual heart. I want to bravely speak the words I truly believe God has provided for me to speak, but I want to be more sensitive about the thoughts and words of others.
I may not hear what you hear but I will listen to what you have to say. I am also developing thicker skin; a must for anyone wanting to engage in controversial conversations.
However, when it comes to spiritual truth about eternal salvation, all of us must listen, all of us must hear, and every one of us has to respond realizing no response is really a response.