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Topic: Checkout (06/09/11)
TITLE: Watch, Look, Listen
By Lili Richey Willard
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We all feel like this sometimes. If asked, we usually canít explain it, but we still know these are real feelings, real sensations, and real actions.
So wouldnít it be better if we were more prepared for the Ďunexpectedí?
Ok, so what, you ask, are you talking about anyway? Well, itís simple. Since this life is so full of Ďunknownsí, it is up to us to be wiser and smarter than we think we can be.
Not from knowledge gained, such as we get from being well read, or up to date on information gathering. And not from seeking the things the world is on fire for. And certainly not from self-help programs, or educational degrees or lauds, or anything of the sort.
This is all about how we watch, look, and listen.
If we are not aware of our world, and what I mean by that is our own little piece of the proverbial pie, then it is our own fault when something goes awry that we may have been able to prevent.
Like, for instance, you choose to go to the shopping mall late at night, by yourself, and put yourself at risk in a poorly lit parking lot. Or, when you take a jog in a park, even on a lovely sunny day, but part of the path goes through a densely wooded and bushy area, where anyone or anything could be hiding in the bushes. And there you are, all by yourself. Or suppose you are in a hurry, and you are going to be late to something you consider important. But you are stopped at a train track, one that has only flashing lights, no gate, and you donít hear or see the train? Yet you pull ahead anyway, and suddenly there it is!
We need to be aware, also, of these same things in our relationships. When we are observant, we are more likely to sense when someone is troubled, or struggling. We may be able to share Jesus if we will listen to the Holy Spirit. And we may be able to offer assistance if we look and see someone in need, in whatever way it may be.
We take chances every day, just by getting out of bed. Yes, itís true! You can slip and fall over your own dog. You can burn yourself with that hot coffee. You can fall in the tub or shower. Then donít even talk about all the dangers once you are in the traffic right out of your driveway. The list goes on and on.
But God does watch over us, and He even has His angels assigned to observe and assist us. We donít know they are they, but they are. We have no idea how many times something tragic was averted because God or one of his workers stepped in to take care of it, seamlessly.But even with all this protection and care, God still gives us free will, to make or break ourselves with our own decisions, each and every day.
So make sure you take the time, in everything you do, to watch, look, listen. Become an excellent observer, and check out the things that can change your life, or the lives of others. Because God does give us free will, He also gives us great responsibility to choose wisely.
One of the best ways to honor God is to take care of ourselves. Our bodies are His temple. He dwells within us, forever. He wants what is best for us, which is also best for His Kingdom, and His purposes. This is His love for us, His children. Learn to watch, look, and listen with wisdom, and with grace.
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