Monotype Corsiva, the font this post is written in, is an elegant, but arduous type to read. It is the difficulty that will make this blog more meaningful.
An article from the Harvard Business Review reprinted in the Dallas Morning News indicates, “A new study found that people recall what they’ve read better when it’s printed in smaller, less legible type.” It goes on to say “If readers encounter [this type, it]makes them concentrate harder and process the material more deeply.”
For those of us who write and desire to communicate through such writing, this information is fascinating.
We often try to print in arial so the material is easily read at a glance. Monotype Corsiva requires us to work harder to obtain the same information.
Though beautiful in style, it does not allow for quick intake of facts. One would think this is a major drawback, but the research indicates the opposite. Because it is complex, our hard work creates more impact.
I remember helping my children learn to ride a bike, drive a car, absorb math and acquire other skills that were necessary to function in the adult world. I remember their struggle, but also their joy at mastering the information. Once they knew it, they had it for life. The effort brought reward.
We expect struggles until age thirty or so. By then most of us have graduated from college, found a job, settled into a living situation and begun to master life. Learning often stops. Oh, we might read a book or two, or take a course required for work. Some of us might go back for an advanced degree, but many shut down the Halls of Learning. We veg. We come home to relax and unwind. We want to refresh ourselves for the next day. There is no time or energy to be a student. We want things written in arialrather than monotype corsiva.
At fourteen my physical growth was complete. At twenty-nine my formal education ended. Papers, grades and exams were finished. Physically and mentally I was done. I didn’t realize that another component would require a lifelong look.
Becoming a believer at twenty I thought completed the spiritual element. I continued attending church, reading scripture, and praying, but the growth process was not on my radar. I did these activities because they were expected, not because I anticipated a change in my relationship with God.
It took many years of doing these practices before I realized a reason and purpose for doing spiritual activities. Daily, weekly, monthly spiritual habits produce deep and lasting change.
Most of us want an arialexperience with God. But the Christian process often includes lifelong transformation at a monotype corsiva rate. The struggles can seem to obliterate the benefits–yet these struggles are one of God’s favorite teaching tools. We do not see, nor want to believe that the challenges will produce great gain. As we work through the valleys of life we find ourselves slowly changed. Who we once were, is not who we are now. Wisdom has overcome knowledge and gratitude, grumbling. We have knit a relationship with our Lord that grows strong as a result of the struggles. And we are better for having worked with Him on the solutions.
Though an arial life might be an easy life, it is not a life that produces the fruit God has planned for us.