into the word(s)
April 3, 2017

Learning to Listen

By: Wenle Mu [Madison, AL]

I have been in marching band for four years, and I have listened to our band director’s musical and marching commentary for four years.

We have been to many competitions, and almost every comment we have received from judges had already been covered in our director’s comments. However, we chose to heed the advice only after we heard it from a stranger. Why? Our director was drum major at her university and had not one but two “band nerd” degrees. Were we too close to her to take her assessment seriously? She cared so much about helping us succeed in expressing ourselves musically. Why wouldn’t we listen to her?

And [Jesus] said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown.”
Luke 4:24 (NRSV)

apr3_wenluDrum Major Wenle

While mulling over this ironic situation, I thought of Luke 4:24. Just as the people in Jesus’ hometown did not listen to the good news, we did not listen to helpful advice from our band director. Since then, as I see more clearly how the truth of God’s word applies to all of life, both my faith and my music have grown stronger.

REFLECT: When have scripture and everyday life collided so that you had a better understanding of both?


Try Something New

Read scripture in another language, or try a new Bible translation. Read or write a poem based on a Bible passage. Find ways to slow down as you read. What do you notice that you haven’t seen before?

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