The Bible Hokey Pokey: How to Shake Up Your Time with God

Feb 04

The Bible Hokey Pokey: How to Shake Up Your Time with God

Sometimes we need to shake things up. Our logical left brain will organize, analyze, and synthesize until our knowledge of the Bible fits into nice little cubby holes that are . . . BORING!

That’s how most of us are taught to approach the Bible. We learn to dissect it until it is dead, so to speak. No wonder most of us associate the Bible with dry, boring, academic frustrations. It’s time to shake things up.

 

The Bible Hokey Pokey

You put your left brain in.

You put your left brain out.

You put your left brain in.

And you shake it all about.

You do the Hokey Pokey.

And you turn yourself around.

That’s what it’s all about.

While there is great benefit from the academic study of God’s Word, it cannot be our only approach to the Bible. That kind of fact archival leaves us with empty knowledge about the Bible. It’s not the kind of life-changing experience that should happen when we encounter the Living Word.

I’m talking about the kind of transformation that occurs in our lives when the Bible becomes part of who we are, not just something we know. Integrating the Bible into our lives requires both study and meditation.

We associate study with tedious book-learning and we associate meditation with mindless boredom. Neither one sounds very fun, does it?

That’s where the right brain comes in. The right brain is the creative, artistic, fun-loving side of the brain. It is home of the imagination. Your imagination is already considering what it would be like to do a spiritual version of the Hokey Pokey and shake things up a bit just to keep things fresh and exciting.

You put your right brain in.

You put your right brain out.

You put your right brain in.

And you shake it all about.

You do the Hokey Pokey.

And you turn yourself around.

That’s what it’s all about.

While study alone can produce dry, lifeless knowledge, meditation alone can be mere fluff without any real substance. It becomes focused on emotional whim rather than grounded in a true foundation. The answer is a balance of study and meditation, but because each of us has a preference for left or right brained activities, we will prefer one or the other.

 

Shake Things Up

If you have a preference for left-brain analysis, try changing things up with some right-brained approaches to the Bible such as writing a Bible story in your own words, putting an idea or verse into a visual presentation, drawing a picture or map of a Bible event, or even paraphrasing the text into your own personalized version. These kinds of activities help take knowledge of the Bible and make it personal so it becomes fully integrated into our hearts and lives.

If you have a preference for right-brain creativity, try changing up your routine with some structured Bible study. For instance, you might use a Bible dictionary to study a place or concept, you could use a concordance to look up all references to a person in the Bible and begin to study them, or you could try making a chart to outline a book of the Bible (and spice it up with colors and drawings).

As we find creative ways to play with God’s Word, it gives us time to absorb the truth into our spirit so it becomes not just something we know, but part of who we are. So approach the Bible with a more playful attitude and find ways to engage God’s Word that are meaningful to you. It might be writing stories or songs, keeping a spiritual art journal, or creating a work of art.

The act of creation is holy. It is how we honor our Creator (they say “imitation is flattery”). But creation also involves re-creation, allowing God to renew our spirit through the creative flow. So take time to be holy and do the Bible Hokey Pokey, because becoming conduits of God’s creative love? That’s what it’s all about.

 


 

Sweeter Than Chocolate

Developing a Healthy Addiction to God’s Word

For more information on using both study and meditation to make the Bible meaningful and personal, check out my book, Sweeter Than Chocolate: Developing a Healthy Addiction to God’s Word, © 2014 Christy Bower.

Available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.