Paying Attention..

Have you ever heard the saying “I’m so poor, I can’t even pay attention“? That is a very costly attitude to embrace. The world that we live in seems to be traveling @”Warp Speed” (Trekkie lingo). I remember as a kid listening to Walter Cronkite on the evening news tell the world what items of interest had transpired during the past 24 hrs. Sometimes, It seemed that not much of any significance had even taken place anywhere in the world. What happened that necessitated a CNN to bring us a 24 hr. news station. Obviously the answer is A LOT! Don’t get me wrong, I love to be informed with current items of social concern. My wife calls me a Fox News addict. Yay yay, I’m a right-winger.

Now the Point.

So often, as I am bombarded by the last thing someone else thought was either important for me to know, or needed to fill air time, I stop paying attention. I tune out the voice and let it bounce off. Now I don’t feel that this is really a problem, because all I have to do to get caught up is pay attention to the next recycle of the news, they will repeat it, soon, and often. But back to the point…

If we are not careful, and diligent; sometimes God will speak to our spirit, and we aren’t really paying attention. And we miss out. We miss out on seeing the majesty of God at work in His creation, and we miss out on the privilege of participating with God in His work, to bring Him Glory. For a sad read and study on the importance of paying attention see the following section of God’s Word. 1 Samuel 15:1-26, here’s how it starts:

1 Samuel 15:1 Then Samuel said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you as king over His people, over Israel; now therefore, listen to the words of the Lord.

My prayer for us is that the story of our lives ends different than Saul’s, not one of rejection but of honor.

Pay attention: God is speaking, are you listening?

Because of Grace

Greg

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