I just enjoyed a wonderful week of vacation. My husband and I flew to Los Angeles to spend time with our daughter, son-in-law, and twin granddaughters. Almost four years old, my granddaughters are full of energy and creativity. They are joyfully curious, and passionately explore the world around them. Being with my granddaughters is sheer delight. Their zeal for life is contagious. Each moment is filled with learning, either through experience or instruction.
One moment they learn about the qualities of sand, how to build towers just the right size to support imaginary flags made of leaves.
Another moment they are coached by their mother to face their fears. “Being brave doesn’t mean that you are never afraid. Sometimes it means feeling afraid and doing something any way.”
“Oh, that was good!” I think to myself. “I really needed to hear that.” (How did my daughter become so wise?)
I also got to see my sweet grandson who lives in Seattle with my son and daughter-in-law. At five months old, everything goes from his hands into his mouth. He literally practices “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8, NIV).
Every time I am with my grandkids, I am reminded to open my mind and heart to discovery. We have all heard that we are never too old to learn, but do we really believe it? Something happens the longer we journey into adulthood. Perhaps we get so engrossed in our routines of “adulting” that we lose sight of life long learning. What can we do to return to the adventure?
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9:10).
Our reverence and awe of the Lord is just the start of wisdom. We are told to “get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you (Proverbs 4:7-8). There is so much to discover about the Lord. Though we seek to know Him our entire lives, we will just barely scratch the surface of His glory.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Transformation is on-going. Renewing our mind is a continual process.
But the on-going nature of being transformed and becoming who God designed us to be does not need to be drudgery. We can thrive as we seek to grow personally, in our skill levels, in relationships, as leaders, and in faith. Let’s be open for God to teach us through ordinary moments in our daily lives. Let’s follow the lead of the preschoolers and learn with joy.
Heavenly Father, I want to learn more about You. As I grow in You, empower me to answer Your call in life and as a leader. Teach me Your ways, and restore the joy of learning. In Jesus’ name. Amen.