I was driving this morning, running a few errands, and a song was playing on the radio. The song was Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns. Great song! It’s a song about courage, faith, & obedience. The lyrics tell a story of the desire to be able to step out of your comfort zone, to have the courage to keep trying no matter how many times you fail. The song is about listening to the voice of truth that tells us “Do not be afraid!” And of all the messages being tossed your way, the voice of truth is the only one you should believe. If you’ve never heard it, look it up- it’s a great song!
The part of the song that spoke to me this morning was the last line of the chorus, “I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth.” Two things jumped out at me:
1. Its a choice I make.
2. Listening isn’t enough, I must choose to listen & believe.
Have you ever tried to encourage a negative person? I’m sure some of us deal with these people daily. I like to call these people Negative Nellys. Sorry to all of the Nellys out there, in fact the one Nelly that I know is a very kind and positive lady! But if you’ve ever had to deal with a negative Nelly you understand the frustration you experience when you are trying to encourage & help someone see the positive and all they can see is the negative. (I’m confident my friends and family would testify, I can be one of those negative people.) It’s difficult to encourage someone who is down and feeling negative. The reason this is so difficult is because it comes down to that person choosing to change their perspective. It’s a choice they have to make to see things in a positive light, rather than a negative light. We can encourage, but they have to make the choice.
Sometimes when I am feeling down, I will go to Andy to vent or whine. I am super good at whining. I know if I vent or whine he will encourage me, he will speak positive things to me, he will speak God’s truth to me. Unfortunately, I’m not quick to change my perspective, I like to wallow in my misery. You know like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh, “Thanks for noticin’ me”.
The older I get, the more I realize how imperative it is to choose to listen and believe God’s truth. It’s a conscience choice I have to make. I can’t expect Andy or anyone else to change my mind. I must choose to think of positive truths. I must choose to think & meditate on God’s promises.
I must choose to not just listen, but to believe. I can listen to every song, every sermon, every friend who sends me an encouraging note or text, but it’s up to me to believe. If you believe something, you are sure of it. When you believe something, you accept it as truth.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” - James 1:22-25
We can’t just be a hearer of the Truth, but we are called to be doers. This is a choice we are to make every single day. Please don’t sit around waiting for things to be perfect, waiting around for everything and every person to agree with you. Please don’t force the people around to spend their days trying to pull you out of you self-made negative rut. Choose to rely on God’s Truth, choose to believe God’s Truth. -Sarah