Sunday, October 21, 2012
On Wednesday nights with the teens we’ve been going through a Bible study series, and the three points in Bible study are Observation, Interpretation and Application. The last one, application, is where the hard part comes in.
Everyone knows what to do… it’s just hard to do it! The Bible says in James 1:22 to “…be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” That means that every time you’re challenged to live a Bible truth and don’t make the necessary changes, you’re becoming more and more self-deceived. How many of you reading this right now are deceived? You say, “Not me!” How do you know? If you knew it, you wouldn’t be deceived!
So, DOING what you know to do is a lot more difficult than just HEARING it over and over. Let’s relate that to choir.
Sometimes I feel like a broken record on the marking up your notes… you know to do it, but if you don’t have a pencil out through your whole choir practice and if you’re not marking the whole time, we’ll set the music aside for a few weeks and come back and you’ll have forgotten all the things we’d worked on. (!)
With the whole series of articles we wrote on looking up, thinking about your countenances, smiling, etc., how many of those things have you consciously worked to change? I realize we’re not talking about the same thing as Bible truth here, but the principle is the same: DO, don’t just HEAR.
So here’s another challenge: assess how well you’re DOING the past few sheets’ worth of choir tips. Whether you realize it or not, you might be self-deceived.