Mark 4:24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

I have always known that light travels faster than sound, but I remember watching a documentary that sought to answer the question on why sporting events such as races or swimming are begun with the sound of a source and not a light bulb. The conclusion was that the visual process is much more detailed hence the reaction time by athletes is high compared to the auditory system.

The warning Jesus issues is therefore highlighted in his first statement- take care what you hear! This is an all inclusive statement that challenges the very sources of information we have access to. He literally makes a request for us to consciously place a firewall on our auditory senses that will permit only selected input to reach us via our ears.

Just as it is said the ‘you are what you eat’, it can equally be evaluated that you can easily become what you hear. If constant words of inadequacy, inferiority, failure and hate are fed into your ears, you may not be very far from embracing these as your reality without questions.

My dear, your ears are the doorways to faith because faith comes by hearing. It is, therefore, important that we become selective listeners. So whatever you hear- subject it to some stress tests and ask yourself if its content will exult or edify you. If it does not fit in that category, then filter it out because it’s not worth your time.

Remember # become a selective listener- choose to hear and accept those words that will make you better

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