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Always a Student

I have the job that has allowed me to be a professional student.  Every day I read, think, observe, try to understand the culture, and the ebb and flow of trends so I can communicate one thing, Jesus to the world around me.

Just today I was reading that fat is back.  For a long time we were supposed to get ride of fat.  Now they are saying that fat is good for you and helps to make you feel full.  So eat bacon, use real butter, eat those egg yolks, (I love devil eggs), cocoa butter, avocado, dark chocolate, nuts and nut butters, flax and chia seeds, and drink full fat milk.  You will be a better athlete and a better thinker.  I grew up being told all this was bad for you.

I love to watch people.  Watching what they wear, especially shoes has become my passion.  I developed foot problems and now realize that some of the shoes I wore were really bad and fashion is keeping the foot doctor busy.  Just last night at Home Depot I watch a young women in 5 inch spike heels walking on a hard concrete floor.  I want to stop her and say no don’t do this to your feet, your knees, and hips.

I love books, reading is a passion of mine.  I mostly read ebooks now but still love to hold in my hands a paper book, to mark that book and write notes in the margins.

Learning has been my passion for 45 years and I feel so privileged to be given the time to study and to pray and to learn.

Learning is now portable.  We can read books on our phone or pad or laptop.  We can learn while we are on the bus, train, plane, boat or in the bath.  There is a special cover for your iPad that allows you to take it in the bath or the hot tub and not worry about getting it wet.  Amazing.

There is no excuse for anyone not to be a learner today.  If you have a life long passion for learning you will engage your world at a much deeper level.  You will get more out of conversations at the coffee shop, at the party or in line at the store.

Lastly you will come to worship God as a learner who has focused outward instead of being focused inward at all time.

Proverbs 2 has a lot to say about learning.

1-5 Good friend, take to heart what I’m telling you;
    collect my counsels and guard them with your life.
Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom;
    set your heart on a life of Understanding.
That’s right—if you make Insight your priority,
    and won’t take no for an answer,
Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold,
    like an adventurer on a treasure hunt,
Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours;
    you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.

6-8 And here’s why: God gives out Wisdom free,
    is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding.
He’s a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well,
    a personal bodyguard to the candid and sincere.
He keeps his eye on all who live honestly,
    and pays special attention to his loyally committed ones.

9-15 So now you can pick out what’s true and fair,
    find all the good trails!
Lady Wisdom will be your close friend,
    and Brother Knowledge your pleasant companion.
Good Sense will scout ahead for danger,
    Insight will keep an eye out for you.
They’ll keep you from making wrong turns,
    or following the bad directions
Of those who are lost themselves
    and can’t tell a trail from a tumbleweed,
These losers who make a game of evil
    and throw parties to celebrate perversity,
Traveling paths that go nowhere,
    wandering in a maze of detours and dead ends.

16-19 Wise friends will rescue you from the Temptress—
    that smooth-talking Seductress
Who’s faithless to the husband she married years ago,
    never gave a second thought to her promises before God.
Her whole way of life is doomed;
    every step she takes brings her closer to hell.
No one who joins her company ever comes back,
    ever sets foot on the path to real living.

20-22 So—join the company of good men and women,
    keep your feet on the tried-and-true paths.
It’s the men who walk straight who will settle this land,
    the women with integrity who will last here.
The corrupt will lose their lives;
    the dishonest will be gone for good. (The Message)

Have a week full of learning and enjoy it!

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