We hear thousands of words every day. No wonder we are such poor listeners.
Although, most words we hear on a daily basis don't warrant much attention. The stories with too many details, the commercials we watch, and the small talk we endure; most of it is meaningless or harmful.
If we're not careful, we will let the words swirling around us determine what we actually listen to.
If we're surrounded by people, television shows, social media posts, music, and movies that bombard us with things unappealing to our Lord, then, inevitably, some of it will soak in.
We have to actively soak up the Word of God, listen to truth, and surround ourselves with people who love the Lord and are passionately pursuing a relationship with him.
Spending time in the word, listening to sermons and podcasts, reading Christian books, and listening to wholesome music is all important. Vitally important.
My point is this: what you listen to, you think about. What you think about shapes what you believe. What you believe shapes who you are, and who you are determines your impact on this world.
So what you listen to is the foundation. What you pour in, eventually pours out, and isn't what we pour out essentially our mark on this world? Isn't what we pour out our way of glorifying our God?
This is serious. What we listen to has consequences on our lives and the lives of others. It's not a victimless crime to indulge in that television show you know makes you cringe or that song on the radio that is catchy but filthy. It's not "no big deal" when we gossip with coworkers or friends.
Small things matter because they set a precedent for how you live your life. They add up over time and alter the trajectory of your influence.
So be holy, for He who called you is holy. 1 Peter: 1:15-16 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”