Some people refuse to continue learning? Why?
There are those who actually think they don’t need to receive instruction. What they know is enough. Of course to fancy yourself as a know-it-all is pathetic.
Let’s just laugh at that!
There’s another reason … pride. It takes humility to understand we don’t know everything. Two-thousand years ago, Paul wrote, “If anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know” (I Corinthians 8:2).
Others in history have highlighted for us the value of continued learning as well.
You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands. Take it up reverently, for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it. — John Updike
A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.” — Proverbs 1:5 NKJV
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. — Socrates
The benefit of “inclining your ear”
I want to incline my ear. This is the opposite of haughtiness. Incline means to lower your ear in humility, receiving counsel, admonition and instruction.
Like a kaleidoscope, this can come through varied colors in our lives …
It could be quality conversation and dialogue. Books. Film. A song. Nature. Art. Counsel. Prayer. Meditation. An article. Formal education. Online learning. A speech. A sermon. Reflection. Journaling. The potential colors are endless.
Here’s the bad news: Ignorance exacts a high cost. The good news is that instruction pays high dividends.
I like to think of instruction as IN-STRUCTION … building structure into your life. It’s about building a life and moving toward DESIGN with accuracy.
Stay hungry, humble and questing. Open up to admonition, knowledge, understanding and wisdom.
Where are you at with sustained learning? Are you ready to elevate learning to a new level?
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