How We Learn

We are learning all the time. We notice the best place to cross a street and return to that spot often. We never forget what works for us when we are bargaining to buy something. We learn.

Often the most effective learning doesn’t require school. Albert Einstein was one of the most brilliant scientists who ever lived. He said, “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” Don’t misunderstand. Schools are needed, too. Get a good education for yourself and your children if you possibly can. The point here is that many of the most important lessons for life will probably not be learned in school.

Listen to this instruction that the Bible has for parents about how to help their children learn. This is from Deuteronomy 11 (ICB/CEV) 
     “Remember my words in your hearts and souls. Write them down and tie them to your hands as a sign. Tie them on your foreheads to remind you. Teach them well to your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and walk along the road. Talk about them when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on your doors and gates.”

Notice that God didn’t say you need to be in a classroom to learn His truths and ways. What’s more, He says to remember His words in our “hearts and souls,” not just in our minds. The most important learning about life and faith can happen when we are doing everyday activities and talking with others. This is the way children learn best from adults. It is how adults learn from each other. It is also how you grow in faith. Conversations you have with God in prayer and with other believers, while you go through your day, will build your faith.

Keep a friendly conversation going with God all day. It will both teach you and give you rest. Jesus said, 
     “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29 ESV)

These daily faith steps teach you how to know the Lord in your heart and in our soul. So, walk by faith. Go a step further every day.

© 2014 Eric Thurman