You will always be able to know French bulldogs by their ears. They stand straight up, which allows dirt and dust to easily enter. So as Vern and Bee wonder around our temporary home at Carolina Pines, for the month of March, their ear canals have collected dust and dirt.

Once their ears get dirty, they become susceptible to ear infections. Which as we all know, can hurt a lot. But infections can also impair their ability to hear. And without acute hearing, they won’t listen.

What keeps us from listening when our hearing is in perfect order? I’ve been writing a book about one of my descendants and have realized that I know very little about this man. I wish I had paid attention to my grandparents or even parents when they spoke, but apparently, I didn’t.

When Jesus walked the earth, he shared the truth with everyone who was open to hearing. Many people stopped what they were doing and listened with intent. Mary was one of these people. Her sister Martha, not so much. While Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, Martha was busy cooking and serving, brewing up a negative attitude as she went.

Then Jesus said to Martha, “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)

What had Mary chosen? To listen, soak in Jesus’ words of life, and apply it. While Martha was doing good things, Mary was doing what was better.

How often do we take the time to block the distractions of life and listen to words of wisdom? When was the last time you had a conversation with someone and all you were doing was thinking about what you wanted to say? We all do it. But next time you are having a conversation, try and absorb what the person is saying.

As for Bee and Vern, we cleaned their ears of all debris and their ears are working well. Almost too well. Bee can hear a dog coming from around the bend. Now I am having to use a vibration collar when she tries to bark. Oh well. That’s a whole different story.

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