CPR, First Aid, and the Necessity of Being a Learner.
This past week I had the opportunity to take a CPR/First Aid certification course. It is required of me, as a foster parent, to complete this training every three years so that I can provide the best care possible for the kiddos in my home. Taking this class made me realize something; there is always something new for me to learn.
I had almost zero knowledge of CPR/First Aid when going into the class and now I have a greater understanding of when and how to give CPR. If I needed to step in and perform CPR, I am confident that I could do that without a problem. Of course, I would also be praying for a quick emergency response time from a medical professional! Let's face it, the three-hour class prepared me to administer CPR but there is so much more for me to learn on the subject.
But isn't that true with just about everything in life?
I have realized these last few weeks that no matter what I know and understand about life, it is alarming how little I know. No matter how much I know about the culture, the church, the Bible, my family, and friends there is always something new to learn! There is always something new to act on. If I'm not constantly learning new things I will find myself ill-equipped to handle the world around me. Eric Hoeffer says,
"In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."
Re-read that quote and think about it for a few seconds. Go ahead. You have the time.
Do you want to be a learner or someone who is learned? Let me ask it this way, do you want to be open to learning new things or would you rather just live life thinking you already know everything? I want to be a learner who is equipped to deal with an ever-changing world!
I think it is necessary for all of us to be learners! Why? Because if we think we know everything, we won’t learn anything new.
Let me give you a practical example that I see all the time. I see it all the time because it happens to me. When I read the Bible with this attitude, "I know what these verses are saying, I learned their meaning years ago," I will not learn anything. When I read the Bible with this attitude, "I am reading these scriptures like it is my first time," I learn so much more. Why do I learn more approaching the Bible this way? Because I have the desire to learn. The scriptures never change, but the way I interpret and understand them certainly does. New things show up that I hadn't seen before. Certain life experiences cause me to see things in a different perspective. The Bible is the same, but I am always learning something new and fresh for each day.
This is just one example of being a learner. I could give you many more. For now, remember that the learned approach life like they know everything and the learners are willing to recognize that there is still a lot to be learned.
How about you; will you be a learner? Just for fun, what is something you have learned, or are in the process of learning, this year?
Until Monday, Josh
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