Do You Hear This Enough?
Lately, I’ve been taking a few minutes to sit with a nice, steaming bowl of soup, and read a book on my lunch breaks. Trying to be more intentional than just sitting at my desk and eating as I work. It seems counter-intuitive, but taking breaks actually makes you more productive. Did you know that? While you might lose the minutes, you actually accomplish more when you’re finished, because your body is refueled, re-energized, and your mind has had a few minutes to rest. It’s amazing what a difference it makes in my day!
While waiting for my soup to cool yesterday, I read something perfectly thought-provoking to share with you today.
“It’s interesting to note that Luther argued that Scripture was meant to be heard with the ears more than read with the eyes. Our hearts are most transformed and challenged, he thought, when we hear the Word of God. Science has proven the validity of Luther’s insight. When we hear Scripture read, our minds are more active than when we are just reading with our eyes.”
~Gary Thomas, Sacred Pathways-Discover your soul’s path to God
This past summer I spoke to a local moms group here. In preparing for my talk, I was working to memorize part of 1 Peter, and I kept saying it out loud over an over in rehearsing my speech. I have to agree with Luther. Hearing the Word brings it to life in a whole new way. And SAYING it? Reading it out loud? For me there’s even another layer there… feeling the words rumble to life and flow out of my vocal chords. Hearing them in my own ears. It’s really amazing.
So… What do you think? Do you HEAR the Word enough?
Something to think about…