Only What is Helpful

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It was quiet as I walked by the small grove.

Looking up, I saw a mockingbird sitting silently in the branch of an orange tree.

For some reason, he wasn’t in the mood for talking.

It seems like when I notice them most is when they are.

Since they “mock” other birds’ calls, it’s a little bit hard for me to recognize that I am hearing a mockingbird.

They will repeat what one bird might say for a few seconds, then switch to the voice of another completely different bird.

I wonder if a mockingbird has a call that is all its own, other than just saying what it has heard?

As humans, we each have a voice.

We can choose to use it wisely…..or not.

We can choose to use it to be kind.

To be encouraging.

To be helpful.

To build worth in other people.

We can also choose to just say things we’ve heard others say, without giving attention to what effect our words may have on those who hear them.

We each have a voice—a voice God has given us.

How does He want us to use it?

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Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

—Ephesians 4:29

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Whatever You Do

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Rabbits hop.

Eagles soar.

I play the piano….

If I am anywhere near a piano, I usually have the urge to play it.

In my opinion, any piano in my vicinity is simply silent, waiting for me to tell it what to say.

As I sit in front of the keys, many times my fingers relay a message of praise to God.

The strings and hammers respond with complete obedience and a melodious hymn vibrates from their midst.

Those who hear may or may not recognize the sounds as being an offering, yet God knows every note I play as it pairs with the strings of my heart.

I have a voice.

It is simply silent, waiting for me to tell it what to say.

Will my words be those of praise?

Will they encourage others?

Will they show God’s love?

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

—1 Corinthians 10:31

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A Voice of One Calling

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In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene—  during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.  He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.
 Every valley shall be filled in,
    every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
    the rough ways smooth.
 And all people will see God’s salvation.’”

—Luke 3:1-6

Have you made a straight path for Jesus in your life?

Have you seen God’s salvation?

You are the only one who can make the decision to follow Jesus.

It is up to you to ask for forgiveness and be repentant.

Jesus has purchased a place in Heaven for you.

The question is, will you accept His gift of life everlasting?

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