Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | June 16, 2014

Skimmers

Woman Reading a Diary“With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding.” Job 12:13 (ESV)

Ever missed that all important ingredient from your recipe? One taste and you knew something was bitter. Ever overlooked a vital instruction from the back of the box? One look and you knew something was off. Ever tuned out an endless conversation? One look and you knew someone was completely annoyed. The culprit to all this madness – skimmers. Yes, you got it skimmers. We have become experts at skimming. If it takes up too much space on the page then our eyes automatically shift to skimming. Glancing over the surface…browsing the webpage… rapidly reading that email. If it doesn’t grab our attention, we move on. We scroll through Facebook and avoid conversations that invite lengthy interaction. But what happens when we shift skimming text, emails, blogposts, and twitter to skimming God’s Word? Easy to bypass what we already know – right? Tempting to glance over and browse through insignificant details – right? I love Webster’s analogy of skimming – simply put it’s examining superficially. Stings doesn’t it. Reality is – we skim without even realizing we’re doing it. Only when we become intentional, deliberate and focused do we allow our attention to be seized and held captive. So maybe it’s time we evaluated our skimming. Wonder what we are missing out on? Wonder what it will take to transition us away from skimming? The price for overlooking, dismissing or disconnecting could be far more than we any of us are willing to pay.

“Jesus , help us to reap the benefits of looking and listening deep. To lingering long and examining the details we often miss.”
For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

 

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  1. Lord, Please help me to savor moment


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