I have realized something about myself. It is annoying and very unflattering. I have found that I am what I call ‘an unconscious learner’. I know a lot of things but have learned few of them. I do not apply my heart to the lessons I am taught.
Life is filled with teachers and God has graciously blessed me with them. They are people, situations that teach me, sometimes gently and quietly and other times loudly and obnoxiously.
Mostly however, they are the storytellers who tell a tale and forget to deliberately enunciate the lessons, leaving them for me to figure out. It is my duty as a good student of life to take each of those lessons, read between the lines and ensure I apply them.
But the truth is, I AM NOT. I am a terrible student and have probably had more grace than most to have made it this far in the school. I am in fact not a willing learner. I am stiff and bent on my ways, my folly.
A wise man once said, “Only a fool does the same things over again and expects different results.” I guess I am a classic example of that fool. A fool never learns until they’ve been burned. They never grow until they’ve been beaten. They never laugh until they have cried.
I don’t want to be that fool anymore. I want to be wise. I want to take note of the road signs so I don’t fall into a ditch ahead. I want to consciously learn the lessons God and life have been teaching me.
So, I’m starting now, diligently copying my lessons and giving them deliberate consideration and determination to follow them through. I thought I should share them with you:
1. God loves me unconditionally. He loves me because He is Love and not because I am lovely.
2. Loving God is so beautiful. It is my duty and I have to decide to do it, consciously.
3. A multitude of activities doth not a success make.
4. Sin is not angering an easily enraged or indifferent God. It is spitting on the face of a loving Father and bruised Saviour.
5. I still suck even at the things I used to think I was pretty good at.
6. It is okay to say ‘no’ sometimes. In fact it is recommended I learn to do so.
7. “No, I’m not alright” is not on the list of unpardonable sins.
8. Over half the things I am taught in school have no relevance to real life. I should build my life outside the school walls now.
9. Successes in life are not unconscious learners, they deliberately take note and take notes.
10. My life will be summed up in just a few lines when I die. It is my duty to ensure I make those summarized words into heavy punch lines.
11. I cannot do everything. I cannot be all.
12. I am not the centre of the universe. God is.
13. I will not always get it right and that is okay as long as long as I am determined to get it right.
14. Learn to love beans early in life (in case I have a next life).
15. I can survive without Dodo*.
This is not all though, there is more. I will add them as they come up.
“Are you immature? Learn to be mature. Are you foolish? Learn to have sense.” (Proverbs 8:5 – GNB)
Are you an unconscious learner too? Do stop to take note of the lessons God and life have been trying to teach you. Which one of the lessons on my list resounded with you? What would you like to add? What have you been learning?
*Dodo – Fried plantain.
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