Just Listen

You’ve heard the old cliche ~ Bad News Travels Fast.

Well, it’s never been truer than it is today. Are there some benefits to this? Of course! If a child is abducted, their photo will be spread across the country in a matter of minutes. If a natural disaster occurs, the entire world is notified and immediate action is taken. But there’s a price for these benefits, and the price has many names.

Some of those names are Fear, Worry, Anxiety, Depression, Angst, Obsession, and definition of worryStress. Obviously, these oppressors have been around a whole lot longer than the Internet, television, or even radio for that matter. Folks have been afflicted with such things since the beginning of time! Why else would there be such beautiful scripture, poetry, and advice written to aid us through such difficulties?

But now, we are inundated with bad news all day long. If we so much as turn on the television or computer, our hearts are pelted with it. As a result, many of us take on some of the above-mentioned characteristics. Sometimes we develop an immunity to it. Self-preservation? Probably. How many times in a day must we mourn?

Have you ever found yourself considering your own contentment and then suffer guilt for being happy? Or have you become so overwhelmed by the plethora of negative possibilities that have not come to pass that it robs you of today’s joys? I’ve been there.

I’ve pondered loss so intensely that I’ve grieved over it long before it’s happened. In fact, it still hasn’t happened. But my thoughts were as if it did, and I hurt. My chest ached, my breathing changed, I wept. Then there are those who have suffered a great loss or sadness, but they feel if they move on they’re dishonoring whom they lost. This is yet another tragedy in and of itself.

A heaviness has sat upon me as I write this blog. Why is it in our nature to continually grieve? I don’t know. But my heart aches just to think those who are suffering.

Here’s what I do know. We were created for greatness. For love. For compassion. Our hearts should be affected! That is not the tragedy. The tragedy is when we sacrifice our right-now. When we tell ourselves stories of sadness and negativity. Most of the things we worry about never come to pass. We don’t live up to our potential because we’ve told ourselves we don’t deserve it. Sometimes we play the ‘what if’ game to death. We didn’t bother to take a chance because of our fear of failure. Would you rather try and fail or never try?

Do you know what the worst part is?

This is what our kids see and then it’s what they do. I don’t even have any children of my own, but I’ve seen the kiddos in my life mimic me. We’re all responsible for teaching the youth. We teach them to worry instead of how to plan for the future. We tick off all the things that can go wrong and fill their kidsminds with ‘can’t’ instead of ‘can.’ We need to inspire our kids to become game changers. They really can do anything they set their minds to. It’s true. You can too! It’s never too late and you’re never too old.

Is it just me or are we living in the ‘instant gratification’ era? People want what they want right now! But, they don’t want to work for it. They don’t want to clock the time. I know I’d love to drop a few pounds and still eat a chocolate chip cookie every night. But I know it’s not going down like that.

So how do we fix it?

Just Listen.

We’ve got to start reprogramming ourselves. The first thing we have to do is listen. Listen to that still small voice that guides you from the inside. God speaks, but if you let the loud negativity hover, then you won’t hear. Turn off the noise. The chatter. The negative people in your life. You know… the ones who have an excuse of why they can’t do anything. The ones who are so miserable they have to find everything wrong. You tell them it’s a beautiful day and they find the one gray cloud. Ever see people scream at their kids? They’ll yell ‘Shut up!’ so that they can talk. I don’t think God does that too often. It’s up to us to tune in. You know why? Because when we’re given unsolicited advice, we tend to turn away. We have to want it. We have to want change. We have to want God.

My advice for any time you’re freaking out.

Pray. Talk to God. Put on some good music and do some reading. If you’re not sure where to start, pick a few peaceful scriptures. Your human nature will try to kick in and tell you to worry. Whenever that happens, which will be often for a time, change the channel. Shut it down. Speak positively and as Toby Mac says, #SpeakLife.



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