Never stop learning

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Instruct the wise, and he will be wiser still; teach the righteous, and he will learn more.” Proverbs 9:11 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Never stop learning”
 
Virtually everything we know we have learned from others. It’s true. There are very few original thoughts; very little that is discovered out of thin air. Everything we know we have learned from others. Even those things that we do figure out for ourselves come out of a foundation of knowledge that we have learned from others. And no matter how much we have learned, there’s always more to learn. Therefore, we should never stop learning. For all of life we should be active learners. This is what Solomon (the wisest man of his day) was urging us to do in Proverbs 9:11. The wise man or woman will be a lifelong learner.
 
As we’ve seen over the course of these last two months that we’ve been exploring the theme of “Great thoughts from great Christians”, there’s much we can learn about how to live the Christian life well from great men and women who have gone before us. That’s why I so appreciate the insightful lesson from Billy Graham’s brother-in-law Leighton Ford, “I surround myself with the thoughts of those who have thought much about God.”
 
I encourage all of us to make it a point to be intentional lifelong learners. Spend time with those who are older, wiser, and more spiritually mature than you are. Listen to them; observe their conduct; learn from their example. This is one of the primary benefits of being physically present for gatherings of the church body. When we gather with the church we can directly interact with and observe wise men and women who we can learn from. This is what the Apostle Paul was urging in Philippians 3:17 when he wrote, “Join in imitating me, brothers and sisters, and pay careful attention to those who live according to the example you have in us.”
 
We can also learn from great Christians with whom it isn’t possible to actually be with. We do so by reading good Christian books, magazine articles, and essays. We can listen to sermons online. Keeping a journal and recording the “great thoughts from great Christians” that you come across is very helpful. You can then go back and review those great thoughts from time-to-time.
 
As we come to the end of our second month with this theme, I could easily continue it for many more months to come. There’s so much good stuff out there! But, it’s time to move on. Beginning November 1st, we will start a new theme. However, I encourage you to commit yourself to being a lifelong learner. In many ways and in different forms, be intentional about surrounding yourself with the thoughts of those who have thought much about God.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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