Life Long Learning

Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.~ Proverbs 23:12

Embrace life long learning with these four tips:

1. Use Fragments of Time to Learn

Walk into a dentist or doctors waiting room and you can quickly see who the learners are and those who are not.   Some people sit staring into space.  Others follow the TV screen in the corner of the room.  Still others are half-heartedly leafing through out-of-date magazines.  The Life Long Learners are engaged in conversation or have pulled out a book.   So travel with your book or Kindle and come prepared with relevant reading material.

Reading

Using Your Time to Learn

 

 

2. Embrace Technology

I’m not a “techie” – far from it.  But I don’t want to be left behind as technology speeds past.  I want to be able to communicate with my kids and someday my grandkids using whatever technology is popular.  So, I bought an I-phone, mostly as a learning challenge.  I love it!  I have learned more playing with that phone then I could have learned at any college course costing twice as much.

 3. Enroll in Auto-University

Use you drive time to continue your learning. This is not a new concept but with the advent of CD’s, podcasts, and other audio media, the learning possibilities are endless.  And many are free!  Learn a language, listen to a Great Book, or spend time with your favorite author.  Free resources can be found in your local library or at the ITunes podcast directory.  A shout out to my favorite site – LibriVox.com.  LibriVox, established in 2005 is an online effort to put every book in the public domain on audio.  I am currently listening to The Autobiography of Ben Franklin.

4. Start your day with the Book of Books

Whether you are a believer or not, it would make sense to have read the number one bestseller of all time.  Find an easy translation or an audio version and give yourself a year to go through the Bible.  About 4 chapters per day should do it.  Yes, I know there are some boring chapters, but push through those to find the treasures of wisdom found throughout the Word.

An old TV commercial closed with this line, – “the mind is a terrible thing to waste”.  So start today.  Open your ears and your heart – stretch your mind this week and start on your path to Life Long Learning.

Let It Snow!

“When it snows she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.” ~ Proverbs 31:21 (NIV)

“She has no fear of winter for her household, for she has made warm clothes for all of them.”~ Proverbs 31:21  (The Living Bible)

Bundled Up!

Ready for Winter!

Confidence is a result of preparation.  This general principle can apply to any new venture we undertake or to whatever difficult situation we face.  The more preparation you put in, the more confidence you have.

The Proverbs 31 woman illustrates this principle. Using her prodigious skill working with cloth, she has turned her talents from providing income for the household and gifts to the needy, to providing warm clothing to the family.

 

Although the TLB version of the Bible uses the term “warm clothes” the actual term is better translated “scarlet”.  Scarlet or crimson indicated a higher quality garment of material such as wool.  So, no matter how bitter the weather, each family member was prepared with warm, quality clothing.  No lost time, no cancelled activities, no illness derived from exposure to cold.

The woman is able to maintain an optimistic attitude because she has spent time in diligent preparation for the weather to come. So she has no fear of the bitter winter ahead because each family member is wrapped in warm garments.

So most of us no longer sew or produce our own garments but what can we learn from this wise woman?

  1. Prepare now for the winter ahead or whatever difficult circumstances you will be facing in the future.
  2. If dealing with materials or clothing focus on quality and function not style. Yes, it may cost a few dollars more up front.
  3. Move forward confidently and without fear.

 “Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”~ Dale Carnegie

 

Thinking of Having an Affair?

“All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose, till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life” ~ Proverbs 7:22-23

  •  “CIA Director Petraeus resigns, admits extra-marital affair”;
  • “The FBI was checking his private account when it found Mr Petraeus was having an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell”
  • “After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,’ Mr Petraeus said in a statement”

Another “mighty man” brought down by sexual infidelity.

The entire chapter of Proverbs 5, the last half of Proverbs 6 and the entire chapter of Proverbs 7 deal with marital infidelity or sexual immorality.   No topic is dealt with so extensively in Proverbs.

The Grim Reaper

The Grim Reaper

 

Yet Mr. Petraeus is one in a long line of trusted leaders who have gone down this path and there will be more – “her slain are a mighty throng.”

Regarding avoidance of adultery Proverbs reminds us to:

  •  “Pay attention”
  • “Maintain discretion”
  • “Keep a path far from her”
  • “Do not go near the door of her house”

 

So a word of warning:  If you engage in adultery you will get caught.  If the head of the CIA can’t keep it a secret neither can you.

Do It Now!

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.  Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”- when you now have it with you. ~ Proverbs 3:27-28

Success equals action.

Early success author and self-made millionaire, W. Clement Stone was among the  earliest proponents of the “do it now” approach to business success.

Don’t over-think, over-analyze or waste time studying a matter when you have all the basic facts at hand to decide.  Do it now.

When you see someone in need we should take the same approach.  The Proverb tells us the following:

  1. If the person is deserving – you have already determined this is a legitimate need -not a scam of some type.
  2. If you have the power to act
  3. Take action – do not wait another day
  4. Do not make promises – Do It Now!

Why now, why not later?

  1. The opportunity may not present itself again.
  2. You eliminate the most powerful force that keeps you from success – procrastination.
  3. You unlock that greatest of success secrets – the “power of today”

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”~ Anne Frank