The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Opinion & Letters to the Editor

April 24, 2013

Always Learning

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 — I am teaching a class this semester that I haven’t taught in over a dozen years. Although I have taught it before, it still has a feeling of being new. The curriculum has been updated, and I must spend a good bit of time reviewing and preparing for the lesson each day. It doesn’t surprise me that often that I will come across something I didn’t know. The other day I made a big fuss about learning something new. The kids had a good time with that; their teacher learned something new.

I was teaching class recently when one of the students pointed out something about the material that I didn’t know. We checked it out online and he was right. I learned something new again. They seemed to get a real kick out of the fact that I was learning stuff right along with them. I guess the students think that we know everything. The truth of the matter is that sometimes we are learning the material just a few days before them.

When it comes to learning we should never really become complacent. There are some great books out there on a variety of topics. We don’t always need to be reading about spiritual things, we can spend some time learning about other things that interest us. You may enjoy hobbies, arts and crafts, or some kind of collecting; all of these have books and magazines from which you can gain new knowledge and insight. Growing in knowledge and skills helps to keep us fresh and on the cutting edge of our interests.

The kind of movies you watch can say a lot about who you are. There are so many excellent, thought-provoking, inspiring and otherwise outstanding movies that can build you up on the inside. I do realize that we all need the fun, escape from reality, those side splitting hilarious movies to cut the stress that we are enduring in our lives, but we should also watch movies that will leave their print on our lives. Movies can have the power to change the way we think and our outlook on the world we live in.

I believe it is important that we grow spiritually as well. I will always advocate that we need to read the Bible and learn more about God and His ways. The Bible can teach us so much about ourselves, our future, and the character and nature of God. There is no one who knows everything about God because so much of our knowledge is based on our experiences with Him. Yes, reading about God is important, but we need to add to our book knowledge personal and intimate experiences to create our testimonies about Him.

We can also learn more about God and understand His ways by reading about other people’s experiences. God deals with each one of us uniquely. Reading other people’s experiences can expand our knowledge of God. There are also many other books about how to grow spiritually that include topics like prayer, fasting, worship and daily devotion. Growing in our knowledge and taking time to experience the presence of God will change us.

We can learn more about God through listening to good teachers. I feel fortunate to be a part of a church with a strong Bible teacher. He doesn’t just teach us the Word but lives it and has experience walking out his faith. He tells us how he listens to other Bible teachers and is obviously influenced by their teaching. We should listen to other teachers, as well. You can even listen to good Bible teaching in the car or while exercising. Getting other perspectives on God’s word and hearing other people’s testimonies will strengthen and build your faith.

God doesn’t want stagnate, complacent followers. He wants us to grow and become vibrant as we learn more about our faith. More than just learning, He wants us to apply it to our lives. He wants the word to come alive in our hearts. Walking with God is not boring. We all have very interesting stories that need to be told, because we can learn from each other.

I want to encourage you to never stop learning and growing your faith. We could learn something new about God every day and never cease to learn new things. I am glad God is so dynamic; it makes faith in Him a constant source of new discoveries. Always be hungry to learn more about God. Put your hand in His and enjoy the adventure of learning.

Doug Creamer teaches Marketing at East Davidson High School. His website is at www.dougcreamer.com. Contact him at PO Box 777, Faith, NC 28041 or email doug@dougcreamer.com.

 

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