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Listen Louder Than You Play

August 17, 2017

[If you’re confused by today’s title, simply scroll down to my last several days’ blogs.]

“Listen Louder Than You Play!” is way more than a clever, even ironic, sign on the wall of an elementary school band room.

It’s a call to not just hear but to pay attention and actively listen.

It’s a reminder, as some older person in our lives told us when we were kids, that we have two ears and one mouth for a good reason.

It’s another way of telling us about the mechanics of interpersonal relationships.

It’s about healthy balance —

By the grace given me I say to every one of you,

do not think of yourself more highly than you ought. 

Romans 12:3

and yet Jesus wasn’t kidding when he said,

let your light shine before others,

that they may see your good deeds

and glorify your Father in heaven. 

Matthew 5:16

— There’s a time to you and me to listen, and there’s a time for us to play our parts.  It takes both for the song of life to be complete.

Thanks be unto God for the opportunity!

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