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By October 14, 2016 No Comments

In today’s busy culture a lot of things require scheduling, don’t they?

Workout routines.
Coffee dates.
BBQ hangs.
Prayer meetings.
Work projects.
Volunteer commitments.
Extracurricular activities.
Dentists’ appointments.
Doctor visits.
Quality family time.
And on and on it goes.

My husband and I even had to commit to using “Google share” in order to ensure our calendars didn’t become cluttered with over-commitments and double bookings. It’s how we keep sane and up-to-date with all things “schedule-y.”

So imagine my surprise when a notification popped up last week reminding me of a scheduled time to “Listen.”

That’s it.
One word.
Listen.

We had been talking about how busy life really is, and how easy it is to go a whole day without even conversing with God (never mind listening), so Chris decided to do something about it.

He made time to listen.

Which makes me think of Samuel and how God kept calling him.

Samuel thought Eli was calling.
We think work is calling.
Samuel thought Eli was speaking.
We think productivity is speaking.
Samuel thought Eli needed him.
We think our friends, or family, or spouse, or kids need us.
Samuel thought Eli had something to say.
We think culture, the Church, or social media has something to say.

God was trying to get Samuel’s attention. Is He trying to get yours?

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10

Scheduling time to listen just might be the most productive thing you’ll ever do.

Go head.
Try it.

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