“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:22–25, NIV 1984).
My Musing – “Somebody ought to do something.” “That sure was a good sermon, I hope people were listening.” “That’s a good idea.” All signs that we heard something, but not necessarily that we were listening. Not listening is a just as bad as a poor memory. Probably worse. With a poor memory, at least there is a bit of an excuse, not listening and not doing are without excuse. Then of course, there is selective listening. I’m sure my wife could write a long blog about how I’ve mastered that craft.
My Advice – Here’s another likely quote — “I didn’t get anything out of (select one — the sermon, my devotions, that discussion) today. How about putting something into it? The more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it.