Slow Down and Listen

In the post Following His Guidance, I wrote about how frustrating and inconvenient it must have been for Mary and Joseph to travel so far to Bethlehem. It was a physically demanding and inconvenient trip of approximately 100 miles to Bethlehem so they could register for the census. Here’s an article about the long trip: Hiking the Nativity Trail from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

Think of how frustrating it must have been to travel that distance and once you finally get there, you find out that there is no vacancy at the one and only motel. Mary then has to give birth to Jesus in a stable. Life can be frustrating and inconvenient.

There are also distractions as we go about our daily work. At these times, one idea is to listen to God as we go about our daily work. Tune in to others and see God at work through them. During breaks, pay attention by reading, listening to music, and viewing art with a positive purpose of focusing on the things of God.

Here is one song that relates to this idea: Stop the World – Matthew West.


My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. – James 1:19

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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