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May 16, 2005

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“A Hyped Mind is Hard of Hearing”

By: Dr. Skip Myers
Edgefielddaily.com columnist
web posted May 16, 2005

Have you ever found yourself agreeing with something you thought you heard someone say, only to find out what you thought they said was not what they said at all? Let me illustrate. It’s football season. It’s fourth and goal with three minutes to go. Your team is undefeated so far in the season but is trailing in this game by four points. The volume on the television has risen throughout the fourth quarter to match the intensity of the game. You are agonizing through every timeout and commercial. The final snap of the ball is immanent. You move to the edge of your seat in anticipation.

Suddenly, you become aware of a voice intruding upon your moment of sports ecstasy. You hear your wife saying something but your not sure, or really care, what it is. Instinctively you just agree with whatever is said. You’re not sure but you think it was something about taking out the trash. After the game, the phone rings and it’s your wife asking you to pick her up at the hospital. It seems that she ate something and broke out in a severe rash. You ignored her pleas to drive her to the hospital so she drove herself. Oh boy! And you thought she said take out the trash!

I was listening to a speaker the other day and he made the statement that our God did not speak loudly to His children. At first I wasn’t sure I agreed with him but the more I listened the more I realized he was right. If you look at the Bible you will find several verses that speak to this very point. Psalm 46:10: Be still and know that I am God.
Psalm 62:1: My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation. Both of these suggest that God is heard best by the un-hyped mind; the mind that is not cluttered with the anxiety-filled noise of our society.

If we are constantly supercharging our minds, then we train ourselves to hear the loudest noise. If God is heard best in the stillness of our minds, how often are we missing what God has to say to us? And why doesn’t God simply out shout the noise. We are told in the Bible to love the Lord with “all our heart, mind, soul, and strength.” Simply put, God is to be the primary focus of our lives. The competitive noise with which we fill our minds is loud therefore, it redirects our focus away from the Lord. We then begin to use this noise as the foundation for the way we think. Makes sense to me.

We become mental adrenalin junkies. Our minds are constantly hyped on the news, music, and noise of this world. And a hyped mind demands a fast-paced life. So we begin to demand that God keeps up with our pace of life and that He should be satisfied with the hour we give Him on Sunday morning. We find ourselves uneasy with the “pace” of worship and other spiritual activities. Stillness and silence with God is not something we crave or even realize we need. We live our lives with tired bodies because we have driven minds.

It’s not a matter that God doesn’t speak to His children. He is a very vocal God. We just have to position our minds to hear what He is saying. After all, He is the Lord in this relationship. He has the right to set the standards and the conditions. If you are not setting aside some time each day to position your life to hear the Lord, begin doing so today. You will find that God is very talkative to those who have a personal relationship with Him. Our stopping to listen demonstrates our focused love for Him and God always responds to love.

Try this and I know you will find this quiet time will become some of the most cherished time you have in your daily schedule. Your mind and body will find a new source of rest and strength not to mention hearing the voice of the creating God of this Universe! And just think, all of this can happen by just taking a moment and unhyping your ears.

Dr. Myers is Pastor of Smiths Station Baptist Church, Smiths Station Alabama and a former Youth Minister of Sweetwater Baptist Church (1981-1986)
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