Have you noticed that some people love to learn?
Last night, a wonderful young guy in our church shared a part of his life/faith story. Part of his talk included his work life as a firefighter and the many classes and special training he has undertaken. Throughout his career, he has been devoted to learning and growing. Not surprisingly, he has continued to advance in the fire department in which he serves. He is now a fire marshall. I suspect he will be intentional about learning and growing for the rest of his life.
Have you noticed that some people continue to grow and develop as ministers, pastors, elders, etc. while others put very little energy into learning?
Madeleine L’Engle, in her book Two-Part Invention, speaks of her early years in the 1920s when she was single and working in the theater. She writes:
One of our roommates came because of the piano. She was a budding musician and filled the apartment with Beethoven, Brahms, and Bach, though after she came I played only when she was around. She grew as she played, not only in technique but in maturity. The great masters pushed her as she tried faithfully to go where they led. We do learn and develop when we are exposed to those who are greater than we are. Perhaps this is the chief way we mature.
I love these lines.
We do learn and develop when we are exposed to those who are greater than we are.