Are You Listening?

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“Jesus answered, ‘I did tell you, but you do not believe.  The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.  My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” ~ John 10:25-27

In my last post I posed a question on what your thoughts were about Mary not knowing that the man in front of her was Jesus until He said her name.  So far there’s been some good discussion.  I love hearing your thoughts.  Keep them coming.

For those of you who don’t know I’m a real estate agent in a small town in Illinois.  I show and sell houses, I run and update our website and I answer the phone and do all the administrative stuff around the office.  I answer the phone whether it’s someone looking for a home to buy, someone looking for a place to rent or just someone trying to sell me something.  Ever since we’ve opened, we’ve been getting a call fairly regularly from this same number.  Lately it’s becoming more and more frequent.

Caller:  Ma’am, (first off, don’t call me ma’am.  Makes me feel old.) um, yeah, my name is ______.  I was wondering if you have any rentals available.

Me:  No.  I’m sorry.  We don’t have anything to do with rentals.

Caller:  Okay.  Thank you.

Three days later.

Caller:  Ma’am, (Seriously. Don’t call me ma’am.) um, yeah, my name is ______.  I was wondering if you have any rentals available.

Me:  No.  I’m sorry.  We don’t have anything to do with rentals.

Caller:  Okay.  Thank you.

Five Minutes Lateron my personal cell.

Caller:  Ma’am, (Call me Ma’am one more time….) um, yeah, my name is ______.  I was wondering if you have any rentals available.

Me:  No.  I’m sorry.  We don’t have anything to do with rentals.

Caller:  Okay.  Thank you.

Seriously.  After she gets off the phone with me the second time, all of my coworkers phones ring…and it’s her.

Let’s look at this logically first.  The only place that a stranger would get my personal cell number is the places that it’s published right beside the office number that she had called five minutes before.  One would think that if the company I worked for didn’t handle any rentals, then I wouldn’t either.  At least that’s my logic I’m going with.

Secondly, I’m answering both phones.  My voice doesn’t change.  It’s the same voice every time telling this person that we don’t deal with the type of property that she’s looking for.  Is she really listening to what I’m telling her, or is she just hearing sorry and going on her way.  She could save us both a lot of time by just listening to me.  She’d never have to call our office again.  And more importantly, I’d never have to quit what I’m doing to have the same conversation twice in a span of 5 minutes.

How many times do I pray the same thing over and over and over again just hoping that the circumstances will have changed or that even though the answer was no yesterday, that maybe today will be my lucky day.  Or how many times do I hear someone speaking truth into my life, but I only hear it?  Why don’t I listen?

“The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.  My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

There are certain people we should listen to.  We’ve hopefully all got them in our lives, those that speak truth in love to us.  You should hear it in their voice.  There’s love there.  Follow that love.  Seek the truth.  Seek people that lift you up.  Know the voice of love.  It will set you free.

But whatever you do, just don’t call me Ma’am.

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