Life is busy and there are always a million things to do. (it seems) Along with the busyness of life each of have the hundreds and thousands of messages that come at us each day. Many are advertising and brands trying to get your attention so that you’ll buy their products. But many of the voices speaking into us are those around us. Sometimes it’s at work and we have deadlines and work that has to be done, so we move with that flow.

Many times it’s our families that are speaking at us and into us, about what is going on in their lives, our lives and what they need from us. And other times, it’s others around us that all have an agenda of their own. Sometimes it comes from a healthy place, speaking life into your life. Encouraging you, lifting you up and generally being what each of us need in our lives; a Barnabas – an encourager.

Other times you can have people speaking into your life, that frankly shouldn’t have a voice in your life. They tear you down, they don’t encourage you and are negative about most things. In this negativity they’ll also tear down others and many times couch it in why they’re right and the other person is wrong.

One of the problems with these people in our lives is if we allow them access we can become like them and we begin to pick up their offenses. We can think that won’t happen, but unfortunately it does happen. Remember the old adage, “Birds of a feather flock together”

Proverbs 25:26 tells us: Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.

So today my challenge to you is to take some time to think about who has your ear, who’s speaking into you and if they are coming from a healthy, Godly place or if they’re negative and affecting you.

I leave you with this truth from Ephesians 4:29 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.

Think on it!                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Pastor Patrick