OPEN EARS MEANS OPEN MOUTHS
“Wearing headphones or earbuds for an hour increases bacteria in your ear 700 times”
This is on the wall of my son’s science room at school. It’s a problem when people see that as the predominant reason not to wear headphones. I think it’s more serious than that…. Take the earbuds out and let’s talk!
We have an unspoken rule in our home…..NO EARBUDS ON ANYONE! Why? Bacteria 700 times? Are we a family that sees ear hygiene as a priority? Nope…..There’s a bigger reason. We want to teach our children to dialogue.
We are raising a generation of children that are locked in their own world. I am so tired of trying to engage with young people that only know unintelligible responses of grunts to questions.
Ipods have been an amazing invention but like anything , it can have its abuse. They teach children to listen but never question. It teaches them to be silent but never speak up. It teaches them to be a receiver but not a giver. That’s is way more dangerous than bacteria. Ipods are silencing our children. We no longer get to hear their questions, their worries, their fears or their opinions.
Do you wonder why your children don’t talk to you? It’s not that they don’t have anything to say; it’s because they have been silenced. Silenced by things in their ears not stuff over their mouth. Someone figured out if you can put noise in their ears then you can close their mouth.
Parents, teachers, youth pastors, children pastors…..I “BESEECH YOU”(a strong Pauline word) to get the headphones off your children. If you open up their ears then you open up their mouths…
AND IF YOU OPEN UP THEIR MOUTHS THEN YOU GET TO HEAR THEIR HEARTS.
Matthew 12:34 “….for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks…”
I think if we update this KJV language , Jesus would say in the TDV (Tim Dilena Version which is not very reliable)….. ”take the headphones off and start talking with each other and then when you talk you get to hear how cool they really are because you are hearing their core self”.