Learn, Unlearn, Relearn

Learn, Unlearn, Relearn

Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order

that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.

Titus 3:14 (NIV)

“Tomorrow's illiterate will not be the man who can't read; he will be

the man who has not learned how to learn." – Alvin Toffler

Most of us spend at least our first 18 years getting an education. Then, if we are fortunate, we’re off to college and perhaps even a graduate school or two all in preparation for living and life.  Often, we use those years of education to secure good jobs, take care of our families, support our churches and other worthwhile endeavors, purchase stuff, provide entertainment, etc. But while we are getting an education, are we learning anything?

Dictionary.com says “Education is the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction.” Learning, on the other hand, is the “acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study or being taught.”

Alvin Toffler, renowned futurist and author, reminds us that learning, not education, is the key to success and to discontinue learning is to become illiterate. While education may cease at some point in our lives, learning should continue for a lifetime. The Bible reminds us in Titus, however, that we learn so that we can do what is good, have our daily necessities and live productive lives.

As leaders, it’s important for us to learn to do what is good, to have our daily necessities and to live productive lives. While it’s easy to say or read, it’s certainly harder to live out. Sometimes, we choose that which is expedient over that which is good. We know the outcome may not be what we hoped. This is when learning should overtake our thinking and education.

Learning should overtake our thinking and education.

I think all of us would agree that having our daily necessities is important. Even now, amid the current pandemic, some of our daily necessities may be in short supply. Perhaps our work has become uncertain, our future is unclear and we’re floundering in unfamiliar waters.

What have we learned to help us? The Bible would remind us …

            … Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God,

            ... Keeping his covenant of love … (Deuteronomy 7:9)

            … Good and upright is the Lord… (Psalm 25:8)

            … Taste and see that the Lord is good … (Psalm 34:8)

            … the Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks Him … (Lamentations 3:25)

            … The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him ... (Nahum 1:7)

            … No one is good – except God alone. – Jesus (Mark 10:18)

We’re also reminded 366 times in the Bible to not be afraid. God even covered leap year! Isn’t that just like our God?

Much of the frustration of 21st century living could be removed if we’d follow the Biblical admonition from Titus about learning by doing what is good, having only daily necessities and living productive lives. How would you live your life differently if you adopted those three ideals into your everyday world? What would you do differently today, tomorrow and beyond? What’s most important to you today?

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Karen McGuire

Karen McGuire came to Lead Like Jesus in February 2004 following the first Lead Like Jesus Celebration in Birmingham, Alabama, in November 2003, where she served as the volunteer coordinator. She comes with vast experience in local church ministry and denominational work and has been instrumental in the formation of several successful nonprofit ventures, including two churches, a seminary, a medical missions organization, and a welfare-to-work program. Karen served on several church staffs, held many volunteer positions in her local church, and is a Bible study teacher and seminar and retreat leader. She has one son and two young adult granddaughters.

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