When I was a young boy growing up, I’d often confide in my Mom, as most kids do, whenever someone said something mean or hurtful to me. And today’s quote brought those memories back to me. I remember the first time I heard Joel give this advice and recall how I thought of my Mom then too. I’m talking about the phrase “let it go in one ear and out the other.”
Yes, although my Mom is no longer with us and I miss her dearly, many of the things she taught me are still with me and I just had to share this quote with you today.
As I’m sure you know, basically that phrase means to ignore it. Can you ignore your thoughts? Sure you can and I’ll bet you do it all the time. But, let me give you another piece of advice that I believe will serve you well. Not only can we let it go in one ear and out the other, but we can also respond with a positive thought or scripture. What do you think that will do for your circumstances? 🙂
This is what Jesus did when He was in the wilderness in Matthew 4, tempted by Satan. Do you remember how he repeatedly responded with “It is written?” In the first example Satan said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread. Jesus replied, “It is written: ‘”Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.‘”
Here’s a few I like to use when the enemy comes against me:
I can do all good things through Christ who strengthens me.
I will trust in Lord with all my heart and lean NOT on my own understanding. In all my ways I will acknowledge Him and He shall direct my paths.
I’m sure you can come up the ones that are meaningful to you, but at the very least, make sure the next time your thoughts come against you, take Joel’s (and my Mom’s) advice and let it go in one ear and out the other.