Education starts early in life and lasts long past a college degree. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job includes the fact that I am learning every day and do not intend to stop anytime soon. To be a disciple of Jesus Christ, we must remain intentional to learn and walk in His commands. When I am at work, when I am at church, or when I am at home, I am learning from life experiences.
To be lifelong learning, learning must be intentional. Perhaps the most important part of my preparation for the university presidency was the fact that I set goals for learning. By age 22 I would have a bachelors, age 25, a Masters, age 30 my doctorate and then spend years learning how to be a president under a mentor. These all occurred and at age 40 I was appointed President. Intentional learning and preparation were key. One of the vital parts of learning was the application and the study of what was not explicitly spoken. Like reading between the lines, much interpretation is needed when learning on the job, but application and theory produce a prepared person.
The Apostle Paul reminds us of this fact of learning spiritually when he says, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
How does this happen? It seems easier said than done, especially with a schedule that grows busier as you get older. There is no straightforward answer as every learner is in a different stage of their life but intentionality is the key to learning. Preparation for Life doesn’t just happen so we must pray and study the Word of God as we enter the phases of life.
In some of those phases of life the trials are severe, but making time to continue learning about God and getting to know him through his Scripture is a requirement. This is when it is most important to remain intentional about your learning, making time every day. Even just a few minutes before bed or during your morning commute can prove beneficial.
With social media and technological advancements these days, learning is easier than ever. There are mobile versions of articles written by biblical leaders that can be read on the go, or podcasts to listen to in the car. There is even the Bible app that can be downloaded on your phone when you have a moment to reflect. Get started today and learn.