This past week, I have begun learning something new, and was reminded how much I enjoy the process! The ability to learn – and also to be satisfied while doing so – truly is a gift from the Lord.
However, as this verse indicates, learning requires personal effort and discipline. In order to make progress, we must commit time and energy to our efforts, so that the process of growth and change continues.
In my own life, I have decided to study three languages: I am brushing up my (admittedly rusty) Spanish, and am also taking on French and Italian. I’m using an online resource that makes the whole process quite enjoyable, and I’m learning to pace and discipline myself along the way, too.
What is tricky is when I make mistakes. I’m realizing I don’t like it when I mess up, and can start to resent the entire process if I’m not careful. However, I learn with each error – whether it is a misplaced accent or a misspelled word – and I am discovering that the specific lesson is intentionally repeated so that I have an opportunity to correct the previous mistake. Put another way, I am tested to verify that learning has taken place, and to reinforce this knowledge base with a lots of practice.
I believe that this is a metaphor for life, too. It seems to me that the Lord engages with us in much the same way; and while we get frustrated when the correction and discipline come inevitably come, these tools are essential for our continued spiritual and emotional development.
Learning something new is never easy, but it can be very rewarding, if we approach it with the right attitude, no? 📈