I came across this quote today:
“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn . . . “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails . . . Learn why the world gas and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the best thing for you.”
–White, The Once and Future King, p 183.
There is nothing like going through your day and Truth, deep Truth, finding you. This passage illuminates one of the fundamentals of life–when you are learning, you are taken to something LARGER than yourself, something transcendent and suddenly, your own problems are put into perspective and one’s sadness is at least averted for the time being.
When one learns, they are taken to places lagers, more complex, more interesting, so different, so interesting, so thought provoking, so beautiful than one’s normal life.
One of the mantras that I have bought into comes from Rick Warren whenre he says, “Leaders are Learners.” He says that when one ceases to learn, they lose their ability to lead others. The task of learning is a life-long pursuit of knowledge, wisdom and understanding. It is a journey whose nirvana is never realized, but its rewards are always noticed.
This is one of the biggest problems that I have witnesses is many churches. They have lost their desire to LEARN. Yes they have worship, yes they have sermons, yes they even have Bible Classes with inventive names; however, what they lack is the honest attempt to venture into the unknown and ask, “What if?” To seek out beyond the barriers of our faith that we are so comfortable staying behind. Much of what we pass off as learning in our places of worship is merely affirming that which we already believe and are comfortable with.
Look at what Jesus does with his followers:
“You have heard it said, BUT I tell you.” He is pushing people beyond the familiar, beyond the Sunday School answers nad leads them into uncharted waters of faith. I guarantee that those who put into practice those “But I tell you . . .” truths were taken on a wonderful and amazing journey in the Kingdom.
So pick up a book from a different section of Border’s then you normally shop at; turn to the History, Travel, or Discovery Channel and watch something you don’t know anything about; take a class at your local university (like Lipscomb); try a cuisine or restaurant that you haven’t ever tried; or go on at trip to an exotic locale, or maybe pick up the Bible and listen to it for the first time or read something you haven’t in it before.