Learning Styles . . . and Your Quiet Time?

Learning Styles

My children tended to learn one of two ways: by example—or the hard way.

God prefers we learn by example.

“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.” 1 Cor. 10:11 NIV

God’s filled Scripture with good and bad examples:

  • Job’s trust
  • Samson’s lust
  • Abraham’s faith
  • Thomas’s doubt
  • Moses’s humility
  • Pharaoh’s pride
  • Daniel’s commitment
  • Esau’s disregard

Now consider your learning style. What kind of learner are you?

Visual?

Auditory?

Reflective?

Kinesthetic?

Visual: When our kids were young, we had a series of Bible stories on video. Seeing the story brought up emotions, thoughts, and questions I never would have had if I had simply read it.

Auditory: Lots of options here, from dramatic readings to Scripture set to music.

Reflective: Look at the different kinds of writing in Scripture—poetry, history, wisdom lit. Read it aloud. Journal. Look at the techniques used by the different writers: parables, metaphors, humor.

Kinesthetic: Go hands-on. Try different scenarios—potter/clay, bread making. Find an example in Scripture that you can replicate.

Tap your learning style and learn by example.

And if you veer toward the hard way:

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Cor. 10:13

God promises a way out. Take it.

Workout for the Week: Learning Styles

Memory Verse: “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.” 1 Cor. 10:11 NIV

Meditation Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:11-13

Just Do It: Use your learning style in your time with God this week.