Are We Learning?

Are We Learning?

A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth. It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart. Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.  It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools. Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless. Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart. The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it. Ecclesiastes 7: 1-12 NIV

Does it make sense to go through life never learning anything? As imperfect, flawed human beings, we are all subject to making mistakes and God doesn’t have a problem with our making mistakes; He has a problem with our not learning from them.

Consider the toddler who wobbles when learning to walk. They are trying out something new and inevitably they fall more than walk standing upright trying to make it to a destination. Children–are marvelous human beings–they are determined and adventurous and most never give up.

I remember when my grandson first walked. The distance was short–from one person to another who was sitting at the dining room table. He made the first few steps–holding one finger in the air as his balancer, but miscalculated the distance in getting to his favorite person and in his excitement, tumbled forward and hit his head on the edge of the chair. Of course, he howled and we were quick to apply an ice pack after making sure he was not seriously hurt. He was held and coddled for about ten minutes until his squirming made me put him down. He stood by the chair and turned around–and made his way back to his friend, without falling this time. Excited, he plopped down on the floor, crawled back to me and stood up, ready to do it again and he did. Within an hour, his relentlessness inspired him to continue walking until he had made it from one room to another–still holding that one finger in the air, but he was giddy with excitement–knowing that he could do what the big people did. He learned–even though he fell a few times–he never gave up.

Determination and relentlessness is what gets most of us through life’s journey. We may fall, but when we keep trying–we eventually reach our goal and we learn along the way, how to do it better.

When I look at the news and see the anger and the foolishness that people exhibit regarding their choice in politics–I wonder when they’ll learn–hatred is not the answer. When people attack others simply because they don’t agree, there’s a lesson to be learned. When people keep doing foolish things and think they’re going to get away with it, there’s a lesson to be learned. When people do things they think are conducted “under cover of secrecy or darkness” and get caught, there’s a lesson to be learned.

Here are a few lessons that should have been learned by now by those in the White House:

  • Once your name is tainted, your integrity will be questioned.
  • When you lie about everything, you lose credibility about anything.
  • Thinking you’re a savior when you are but a mere-mortal, will bring you frustration and disappointment.
  • Having the mindset of a dictator and bully, will not earn you respect.
  • Trying to govern a country, is not the same as running a private enterprise.
  • When you don’t know how to do something, seek the counsel of those who do.
  • When you know you have obtained a position by corrupt and devious means, expect to be found out and removed.
  • Everything you do in the dark will be exposed in the light of day for all the world to see.

Of course, who am I that anyone in the White House would heed what I say? Nevertheless, the truth has been stated and if the truth is not received, the results are on the one who refused to accept truth–they end up being the foolish and unwise.

Pay attention to life’s lessons and make sure you learn from everything that happens and learn it well so you won’t have to repeat the lesson, before you get it right.

Love Corrects and Disciplines!

“I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.” (Revelation 3:19 NLT).

In John’s vision and conversation with Jesus, we see just how much we are loved–because when we are loved–correction and discipline are part of the process. And at the of this letter, we are reminded that those “who have ears to hear, must hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.”

One of the reasons that most people get “twisted and bent out of shape” when they hear people talk about the bible or see what someone says about it is because they do not understand–The Word is written for the benefit of believers–not the unbelieving because they won’t believe it anyway!

If a person has no relationship with God, proclaims not to believe in God, then why would they think God’s Word has anything to do with them? It doesn’t, until they reach a point of “belief and relationship.”

With that understanding, The Word is written to believers for believers–let’s look at the warnings directed at the sinner. A person cannot be a sinner unless they have first believed God and turned away. If they have never believed God, they are simply –the “ungodly” and although God addresses the fate of the ungodly, they are not the sinners He references.

There are two things I wish to clarify today and I anticipate disagreement so I welcome comments–as always. Those two things are mistakes and sin and the difference. I know some people in leadership positions in churches teach that mistakes are sin, but there is no biblical basis for this type of teaching.

First of all, a mistake is something that is done–unintentionally–it is not planned and neither is the outcome anticipated. On top of that–the words mistake and mistakes are not included in the Kings James Version, but some will argue differently.  A misspelled word, or spilled salt, lost items–those are mistakes–not acts committed intentionally.

Sin, on the other hand, is an intentional act, deliberately thought with an anticipated outcome. There are far too many “sins” for me to elaborate on them on all in this commentary, but suffice it to say that, no one ever “unintentionally” took off their clothes, and entered into sexual activity outside of marriage. Plans to sin–whether is is illicit sex, or a criminal act–are a deliberate act--intentionally implemented.

When I omit words in my commentaries, I have made a mistake.  It was not intentional, but impaired vision is sometimes a problem; especially for those who are aging.

When a person drives a vehicle–impaired–by drugs or alcohol–and someone is killed–that is an intentional act and the outcome can be anticipated. That is not a mistake unless the person is devoid of understanding of how alcohol and drugs impair perception and ability to think clearly. A vehicle–in the hands of an impaired driver– is a lethal weapon and the impaired driver is the trigger used to commit the crime.

Who we love–we correct and chastise–hopefully before their actions warrant a more severe outcome–like a felony conviction or worse–their own demise.

“Those who have an ear to hear and eyes to see and a heart to understand” hear and think before doing anything that would cause the deaths of others. “Doing all things in the name of love” so we might have peaceable lives and no regrets!”

 

 

Resting in Jesus!

There are times when life gets so busy that we cannot think clearly because we’re trying to do so much!

Have you ever noticed that the more you attempt to do at one time, the greater the likelihood that mistakes will be made and you’ll have to go back and fix things?

There is an old adage that states, “haste makes waste” and it is still relevant today.

I have discovered that if I attempt to do things in a hurry, without taking my time, I’m more prone to mess it up and have to go back and redo it or start all over again.  What I’m trying to do now is to learn how to rest in Jesus, so I can start with a clear mind–no cobwebs, no distractions, and can see clearly everything that must be done before me.  When I finish, I make an attempt to review what I’ve done so I can assure myself that everything is right; especially since I hate re-doing anything because it is so time consuming.

At any rate–let’s try harder to do it right the first time–so we won’t have to re-visit anything.  We can do this when we learn to rest in Jesus, trust Him with all our heart, soul, and mind and stop leaning on our own understanding.  Rest in Him and see everything with clarity!

Learning From Mistakes

We must learn from everything we do–especially from mistakes so we won’t repeat them. God does not have a problem with the mistakes we make; He has a problem when we keep making the same mistake over, and over, and over, and over, and over..Stop and think! What should you not do again? Stop and reflect! What lesson did you learn? Stop and ponder! How can you make a failing attempt a success? The power lies within every one of us to be who God wants us to be and because He loves us; He will give us our hearts’ desires when we learn how to please Him! Let’s get moving!