Think about how many words you hear in any given day. From the moment you wake up until the moment you fall asleep, how many words do you hear? 10,000? 12,000? 15,000? When you stop for a moment and think about all sources of spoken word – other people, television, radio and other forms of media, the estimate gets higher and higher. And we all know that not every word we hear is a good one. We hear a lot of negative words every day. And we hear a lot of words that go against our values as Christians. Words filled with hate, rage, retribution and evil are a part of the everyday lexicon. And for that reason, it is important to start and finish our days with positive words – words that reinforce love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians’ 5:22-23).
I was reading an article about Mr. Rogers, you know, the “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood” Mr. Rogers. Mr. Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister and his flock was the youth of America who watched his show.
Before entering that office each day, Rogers would pray, “Dear God, let some word that is heard be yours.” (Jonathan Merritt http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/11/mister-rogers-saint/416838/). Think about that prayer for a moment. What do you think would happen if:
- We added that prayer to our morning prayer time?
- We actually opened our ears to listen for God’s word?
My guess is that we would hear from God. We might hear from God through the people we encounter, and we might hear directly from God’s mouth. We might actually be astonished to hear what God says to us – and if we listen to Him, we might just make it a beautiful day in the neighborhood after all.
Dear God, let some word that is heard be yours. Amen.