When I was in college, there were no cell phones, email, or social apps. So, when I would get a note in my mailbox from a special someone, it was treasured. I would read and re-read it, study it, look for deeper meaning, and even memorize the parts that meant the most to me. Those words were cherished and held dear.
It was during my time in college, that I began to realize that there was another set of letters written to me that deserved that same effort.
My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Proverbs 4:20-22
My only problem was that I struggled with knowing where and how to begin. How could words written thousands of years ago be relevant to me today? One thing was for sure, I needed a change in my life and I knew it had to begin with intentionally listening to God.
Up to that point, I had been doing all the talking, and my “God moments” were just that. Moments of revelation that randomly surfaced based on how I felt and well-timed “signs” from God. But the intentional person isn’t random in his or her pursuit to know our Creator. The intentional person is purposeful and deliberate. This is a person who sets aside time to study and seeks to know how scripture, written in the ancient of days, applies to him or her today. The intentional person listens.
As I began to speak less and listen more, some things began to change. My language cleaned up. Unhealthy habits were no longer appealing. My temper softened. A life change began from the inside out that continues today. Some 31 years later I am a work in progress. The beauty of the scriptures is that they never get old or outdated. These letters have become precious to me. I treasure them, read and re-read them, look for deeper meaning, and even memorize the parts that mean the most to me.
All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Prayer : Lord, thank you for speaking to us through the scriptures. Help me to set aside time every day to be in your Word. Prepare my heart to hear from you. Transform me into the person you created me to be.
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