Take Time to Listen
Do you know how to listen attentively? In our modern day, it can be so very easy to get distracted. For myself, it's hard not to be constantly multi-tasking, especially going into the teaching profession. Even sitting there in the room having a catch up conversation with someone can get side-tracked by a buzzing phone. I find though the benefits technology can bring for us (I mean, I wouldn't have this devotional blog without it), because of all of the different platforms that are available to us on a regular basis, and having the world-wide web always at the touch of a button, we forget to stop and see the world that is real, existing in front of our eyes. I find for myself, even watching a show needs to feel productive, and I pull out work for school on my laptop while we're watching TV. God calls us to be present in the moment, to be present in the here and now, yet we are always trying to stay connected online, takingso much time surfing social media instead of socializing with the friend in front of us. Is this really taking the time to be present?
Today's Reading states: 'Thus says the LORD:This is what I commanded my people:Listen to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people.Walk in all the ways that I command you, so that you may prosper.But they obeyed not, nor did they pay heed.They walked in the hardness of their evil hearts and turned their backs, not their faces, to me.From the day that your fathers left the land of Egypt even to this day,I have sent you untiringly all my servants the prophets.Yet they have not obeyed me nor paid heed; they have stiffened their necks and done worse than their fathers.When you speak all these words to them, they will not listen to you either; when you call to them, they will not answer you. Say to them: This is the nation that does not listen to the voice of the LORD, its God, or take correction. Faithfulness has disappeared; the word itself is banished from their speech' (Jeremiah 7:23-28).
Today's reading talks about how we need to listen for God's voice in order to know how to live. God calls out to us, through priests and prophets, through Jesus, through Scripture and Divine Revelation. God is always trying to communicate with us, and lead us on the right path. If we're always distracted by the world wide web, how are we really going to be able to hear God's call? We'll miss what's right in front of us, passing up the big opportunities to show what it means to love, to have joy, even to the stranger passing us by on the walk through the halls. How can you try to be more present, more in the moment and open to hearing God's call for the now? Take some time to pray and ask God to help you be present in the moment.
Today we pray:
Thank You for showing me what it means to love and be loved. Help me to focus more on being present in the moment and less through the digital world, so that I too can share Your love with the world.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.