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A-4 – Three Familiar Words

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These three familiar words I have referred to in another post in a different context. They are so helpful I am returning to them here. These are three familiar words we learned as children that still apply in our youth and adulthood. They offer us constructive counsel for life’s relationships and responsibilities.

Constructive counsel:

Stop – Stop giving attention to critics. I read an interesting quote, “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.” How relevant! Stop faultfinding in your relationships. There are no perfect marriage partners, no perfect children, no perfect employees, no perfect employers, no perfect neighbors. Yes, this is not heaven, so stop permitting undue critics to control your life. “Keep your eyes straight ahead;ignore all sideshow distractions” (Prove 4:25 The Message). Learn your value in Christ and live in it. Recognize where you have growing edges and work on them. Avoid giving attention to critics and avoid becoming one yourself. For some the worst critic they have is the one they face each morning in the mirror. Stop that!

Look – Take a look at your roles in life. You have a role in your home, a role at work, a role in your social life, a role in society. What is the purpose for which God made you? Find that! You will never find it if you do not look for it. God made you for a purpose! Scottie Pippen is quoted to have said, “Sometimes a player’s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.” Many of us have the same problem in the game of life. We are not sure what our role is. That creates problems for us at home, at work, in society, and more. “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Prov. 19:21 NIV). Knowing that, your choice is to work with God, for God, or against Him. How foolish it is to work against Him. How blessed the life that works in concert with Him and His purpose.

Listen – “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise” (Prov. 19:20 NIV). God says through Solomon that His counsel is wise. We are to listen to His advice and instruction. Tillich said, “The first duty of love is to listen.” Listen to God because you love Him and adore His instruction. Listen to others God has placed within the sphere of your life to give His loving counsel to you. Listen to those who are more experienced than you. Listen to those in authority over you. God has placed people all along the way who can help us develop our lives in constructive and meaningful ways.

Remember those three familiar words: stop, look, listen! Be Blessed!

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