Gasping at the fast track of time, here I am another year older, not necessarily wiser. The noise of a very real war gets pounded into my ears and my waking hours are well spent preparing for battle. True or Truth? 2018 arrived with a quiver full of arrows to AIM at the right or the left. Tantamount shifts in the weather occurred along with seismic movements among the peoples of this world. Bereft of Truth, perceptions pour out that do not help out. In the first two months of 2018, many families bravely mourn lost loved ones in several evil massacres. What once was a given, is now being taken, and what freedoms we took for granted, we now find contrary to the onslaught of endless, empty commentary. Highly paid folks read teleprompters with a motive to stir unrest that puts us all to the test. The popular moral compass of many countries has obviously collided with a pervading evil. Voted in voices sound off in wild ways, while our personal narratives are dared to be silent or suffer. Do we blast the jailer for our confinement, or do we side with the saints and pray for the entire lot? Nuclear weapons are readied, borders are guarded, as our planet promotes hate. History proves that more rules and more laws did not remedy justice. Need we slide through loopholes in order to survive or can we just relax and trust God at His Word? Must we scrape, claw and attack, or just point people to the Truth, to Jesus Christ as the only way to be saved from the certain destruction of a world gone mad! The Holy Spirit dwells within each believer. He is just waiting to be asked to take hold of our tongues so that we can speak more blessings! “Are you listening to what the Spirit is saying?” We are exhorted to “LISTEN” many times in God’s Word. Examine yourself: Does the content of your mind and heart show up on your face as a smile or a scowl? Do people seek to be around you? Are you a light? Are ye proclaiming “Praise God in all things?” Tickle the speaker’s ear with “what a marvelous idea!” Increase joy and comment “what fun!” Fascinate others by your sincere interest. Show that you are tuned in and listening and remark “What a blessing that must have been!” We have two ears, and one mouth….let us listen more, and speak more about “their” positive impact, “their” value, and less about me, me, me. Why not ask questions, and listen intently? What did God say at the Transfiguration?