I sat at my desk thinking about the workshop I missed yesterday and whether I should take the time to listen to the replay. I thought about my copious notebooks filled with notes from all the online banquet of presentations and workshops I have listened to and participated in over the past several years. How much from those notes had stuck with me? The Spirit nudged the words “in one ear and out the other.” This was to be my topic for today’s blog.
How do we get concepts, ideas, examples, and lessons to stick? What does the Bible teach us about this?
I had to use this translation when it talked about poetry, but the version in my head spoke of the difference between being a hearer and a doer. Of course, James is talking about the Word of God, but the principles work for the mundane as well. When I think about the best teachers I’ve had, or how I learn, it’s when I apply a lesson that I better gain understanding. Doing, or repetition, helps cement the lesson. I get a feel for what it’s like to live in this new reality.
Here’s another verse:
We can hear something, believe it’s good, and still lose it. Like my note taking. I can write down all those tidbits of information I think will be important to remember, yet, if I don’t apply it right away, if I don’t develop a working understanding, it remains just words on a page.
Another thing to note about the parable of the sower is the state of the soil. If I am not prepared to apply the lesson I’m listening to, it becomes like an echo fading to the background.
If I’m not prepared to listen, if I’m just checking off a scheduled workshop because it was included in my purchase, I’m not going to benefit from what’s being taught in that moment. But….
…if I’m ready to put it into practice, then I can learn – harvesting the fruit that is offered – and becoming fruitful in turn.
With so much information available to us, we can easily be overwhelmed. Give yourself a moment to gauge where God has prepared the soil for you to receive and engage. Let the rest go.
Grace & Peace,
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2 thoughts on “In One Ear and Out the Other”
There are individuals who need to hear this, your insight is spiritually guided. Don’t ever stop.
This is one I hope I can follow my own advice. 😁