Written on Our Hearts
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22 ESV)
I’m an avid note taker whenever there is teaching going on. My husband is too. We like to write down scripture references and ideas so we can look back on them for clarification or to share with others. And for all the notes we take, we probably review less than ten percent but we keep them none-the-less.
One day when my husband, Don, was putting away his notepad, he mentioned that taking notes is good, but we need to be doers more than we are. The lessons we learn, the Words we read and memorize need to be written on our hearts . . . and then lived out.
My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. (Proverbs 7:1-3 ESV)
So often we hear good instruction whether in our own devotional time or from teachers, but then walk away, busy in our lives, forgetting what we’ve heard before the ink on our notepad is even dry. Writing down Truth does no good if it’s not applied to our lives.
Father, forgive us for being hearers and not doers. Help us to not just write down words on paper but rather to write your Word on the tablets of our hearts. Amen