~A quote by John Adams, our second U.S. president.
The older we get, the greater our tendency may become to think we don't need to learn, or grow, or change. We get stuck in our ways, stuck in our own thinking, and stuck in bad habits. But something Pastor Max has taught us over and over again is that we should always be LEARNERS. We should never stop moving forward toward change and new understanding.
When it comes to spirituality, our learning is not just about our mind growing and taking in new understandings and concepts, but it's about our heart changing and connecting what's happening in our heart to what's happening in our mind. It's then that you will see a true, learned, growing, & loving follower of Jesus.
As a mother of three young ones, I was recently inspired through a devotional to pick a scripture to pray over and read over each of my children. I chose scriptures that would challenge me to look at my children through my spiritual eyes and see them as who God has designed them to be and not simply as three little munchkins operating only at toddler and preschool levels. There is more to who they are than I can see and God desires us to seek that.
As soon as I began reading these scriptures over my children and praying that they will absorb the teaching and gain the qualities of the scripture, I quickly realized that as much as I was hoping my children would learn and grow, I was doing even more learning and growing. "Always be a learner."
I picked James 3: 17-18 for one of my children. And it reads, "But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness."
As I prayed for my sweet little one to be a peacemaker in all that she does, everywhere she goes, I found God reminding me that this is my call as well. I heard the question's in my heart that said, "Am I seeking God's wisdom in all that you do? Am I gentle at all times? Do I yield to others out of love and kindness? Do I show mercy? Am I sincere and show equal love and respect to all? Am I a peacemaker?"
I open my bible and read it as often as possible because I want to be a learner, ALWAYS. I want to do better at all these things God has charged me to do. And I will keep praying for my children to be learners also and to grow into the person God is calling them to be. Each day of your life I challenge you to be a learner, because I know that God has more to teach you and show you as you seek to learn and grow. Open the bible everyday and connect what your head is taking in to what your heart is feeling and I guarantee you, God will begin to do something new and great in you. Be blessed. Stay in the Word!
Remaining in Christ,
Summit Seekers Children's Director