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Who do you listen to? I can still hear my mother saying, “Deborah Jan, now you listen to me, young lady!”  I think that started about the time I was walking or talking. I must have instinctively done the opposite of whatever I was told to do from birth.

That’s what happens in life. We are born, then as we become independent, we tend to creep away from what our parents or grandparents instructed us to do or how to behave. By the time I moved away from home, I thought anyone over 30 was dumb and boring. I’d roll my eyes when my parents called to check on me.  I was devoting less of my time away from family and church activities, and more with friends and the ways of the world. I wanted to join the “in crowd.”

I’ll confess … I have spent plenty of years living the ways of the world. It was like traveling a road to nowhere. I didn’t feel good about myself or what I was doing. Then God showed up.

Corrie Ten Boom, a Dutch writer, once said, “There is no pit so deep that Christ is not deeper still.” She must have been speaking about me … I was at the bottom of the pit, when Jesus offered me a hand up.

Today I have peace and comfort when I listen to God.  His voice stills you, leads you, reassures you, enlightens you, encourages you, comforts you, calms you, and convicts you. The direct opposite voice (sinister, evil thoughts) rushes you, pushes you, frightens you, confuses you, discourages you, worries you, obsesses you, and condemns you. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather listen to God than the opposite.

It’s benefited me by being more careful what I see and hear. We each have control of our senses, so we can control what we watch and hear on television, movies, and messages we listen to. We have control about the social media we subscribe to. There’s some pretty rotten stuff out there, folks! Constant bombardment of messages that rushes you, pushes you, frightens you, confuses you, discourages you, worries you, obsesses you, and condemns you will lead you spiraling downward.

So, ask yourself … who do you listen to?  I think God is asking that of all of us.

Debby Efurd is co-founder of Cary John Efurd Ministries. Learn more about the ministry by liking our Facebook page ( and downloading our FREE mobile app ( from App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded, allow notifications to keep you up to date on what’s happening in Cary John Efurd Ministries. Debby can be contacted at

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