Sunday, February 17, 2008

Consider Carefully

"Therefore consider carefully how you listen." Luke 8:18

How should I listen? What is the right way, what is the wrong way? Lets go back in Luke to see what Jesus said before this.

16"No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. 17For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. 18Therefore consider carefully how you listen.

What I am listening to is a light to what I already know. In Tim Stevens book he talks about how we filter things. What we read in the TRUTH (Bible) is a light on our filter. The dust, the things we keep hidden, the underlying desires for what we do, what we listen to and how we respond to that.

Therefore consider carefully how you listen.

Read the Bible in a way that you are willing to change, to sweep away the dust, and strengthen what is weak.

18Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him." 19Now Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd. 20Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you."
21He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice."

If you think and work at improving your filter you will be given more on top of what you have been given. And then if you act on what you are Jesus' mother and brothers. Note how this passage starts with Light, moves to listening and thinking, then on to actions expected.

What worries me, is that working at GM, and from my Masters, it has been proven that one bad step for a company is worth about seven good steps. It is not one step back one step forward. If you do one bad thing, it will take seven good actions of equal weight to get back where you were, then one more to improve. One bad speck in your filter, leading to one bad action, will corrupt the whole system. It will take seven times the work to clean the lens, to get to starting over, then still there is the need to move forward. "Even what he thinks he has will be taken from him."

(all passages from NIV using Biblegateway.com)

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