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10,000 Hours

10,000 Hours

“Morning by morning he wakens, he wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.  The Lord God has opened my ear …”  (Isaiah 50:4-5)

What would happen if we lived our lives waking every morning to hear the Holy Spirit opening our ears to hear?  What if we made it our sole aim in life to cultivate an ear that hears what the Spirit wants to teach us?  What if we spent 10000 hours, one morning at a time, developing our inner ear to listen to Jesus and then doing whatever he tells us to do?

That is exactly what Jesus did.  Morning by morning he woke to listen to the Father.  And then he went about doing what the Father showed him needed to be done.  He demonstrated exactly how we are intended to live, life at the highest level, morning by morning, one day at a time.

Of course we have important things to do, goals to achieve, tasks to accomplish, people to see, work to be done, lives to be lived.  But how can we live the way we are meant to live, the way we want to live, unless he opens our ears to hear?  And how can he open our ears unless we generously dispose ourselves to listen?

We try so many things to make our lives better — to be better — to experience happiness and fulfillment.  We dabble in this and experiment with that — always looking for something that will unite our splintered hearts and finally make sense of it all.  We look everywhere but fail to see that which is hidden in plain view?

No doubt we have tried to open our ears before without seeing any real results; just like hundreds of other things we have flailed at that promised benefits they never seemed to deliver.  But I am describing something entirely different:  the idea of laying hold of a relationship with the Holy Spirit and not letting go, no now, not ever, no matter what happens — whether we see immediate results or not.  This is radical, even violent and not for the faint of heart, but it will deliver results.  The apostle Paul describes it as “… forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, [pressing] on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 3:13-14)  It is the choosing of the better part (see Luke 10:42) and building your life on, in, around and through it.

We all have dreams, things we want for ourselves and those we love.  Often, we are afraid that if we really choose the “one thing” we will loose everything else.  But the truth is everything we want in life is hidden in Him.  Deep down we know this; deep down we want this.  Maybe it’s time to do something about it  — be radical, practice a little violence on yourself.  Begin now to open your ear to the Spirit who is ready to teach anyone with an open ear.

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