Main Truth: “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 NIV
As I’m watching my older daughter play a softball game, I can’t help but notice all the voices. The coaches are coaching the girls from the sidelines, yelling out plays. Most of us in the stands are yelling encouraging words as well as some words to “help” coach the girls. The opposing team is yelling out their team cheer, loud and proud. It was noise overload! I thought, how do the girls on the field focus on the game? Do they even hear the coach trying to help them when these competing voices cry out simultaneously?
Isn’t life a lot like this? Voices coming from every direction, and a lot of the times within your own mind. Voices of kids needing attention, a spouse needing to talk, a friend venting about a circumstance, a mother offering unsolicited advice. And not to mention, in your own mind, you’re thinking about your to-do list, processing out what needs need to be met in the next couple hours, a deadline for work looming at the top of your mind...voice after voice after voice. Telling you what needs to be done, when to do it and how to do it.
The same struggle is true when cultivating your faith. We have all these people telling us who God is and how to cultivate our faith with Him. Some of these voices are encouraging and help teach us about God. Some of these voices, however, plant seeds of doubt and concern.
It reminds me of what Jesus said:
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 NIV
Like the questions I thought about at my daughter’s softball game, “how do they focus on the game and know what to do with all these voices telling them what to do and how to do it?
The answer, focus on your instinct and what you learned at practice. And, more importantly, the voice you listen to, is your coach’s voice.
As you spend one and one time reading God’s word, you familiarize yourself with His Truth. The more you familiarize yourself with His Truth, the more you learn His voice. The more you learn His voice, the easier it is to listen for it when other voices vie for your attention.
As Jesus reminds us, "Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.'" John 15:5 NIV
Post written by: Samantha DeLeon Samantha has grown up going to church, but didn't encounter Jesus until her mid-thirties. Jesus met her on a road of anxiety and over commitment, turning her faith from a spectator sport to a team player on the field. Samantha's mission is to encourage women like herself, "the overachiever-need to help everyone-over committed-trying to live for everyone" life into the abundant life Christ promises and trust Him through life's ups and downs. Samantha is a California native, married to her high school sweetheart and they have 3 school-aged children.