Increasing Your Attention Span

2 04 2009

If you have kids then you can really understand the human attention span. How many times a day do you have to remind your kids to pay attention and listen to you? If you want to increase your attention span and be more attentive to God this article will help point you in the right direction.

I have been studying the book of Proverbs for a while now, and have learned many things. I wanted to blog about what I studied today.

Being attentive to God and His Word is like a springboard to gaining wisdom. The most common command in the first nine chapters of Proverbs is a call to pay attention. Being attentive to God is crucial to gaining wisdom.

If we listen to human reasoning or philosophy them we will end up with earthly wisdom, so let us listen all the more to God so that we may end up with heavenly wisdom.

Here are five practical steps to attentiveness:

1. “Make your ear attentive” – Proverbs 2:2 NASB, Matt 13:9-15

Choose to listen actively and receptively.

2. “Incline your ear” – Proverbs 4:20; 5:1 NASB

When we want to be sure and hear someone we will lean forward and turn position ourselves so we hear every word.

3. “incline your heart” – Proverbs 2:2 NASB

Lean forward mentally as well as physically. Placing much value on the words being spoken or read.

4. “treasure” – Proverbs 2:1; 7:1 NASB

Place a high value on it and make it a point to retain what you have learned.

5. “do not forget” – Proverbs 3:1; 4:5; cp. 3:21; 4:21

Wisdom is so valuable that a sensible person wants it to be a permanent part of their life.

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