Living in the Abundance of Christ, Making a Home

Learn Something New

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
    for understanding words of insight;
 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
    doing what is right and just and fair;
 for giving prudence to those who are simple,
    knowledge and discretion to the young—
 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
    and let the discerning get guidance—
 for understanding proverbs and parables,
    the sayings and riddles of the wise.

 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and instruction.


“The task of all Christian scholarship—not just biblical studies—is to study reality as a manifestation of God’s glory, to speak and write about it with accuracy, and to savor the beauty of God in it, and to make it serve the good of man. It is an abdication of scholarship when Christians do academic work with little reference to God. If all the universe and everything in it exist by the design of an infinite, personal God, to make his manifold glory known and loved, then to treat any subject without reference to God’s glory is not scholarship but insurrection.”
― John Piper, Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God.

I don’t know that I ever really appreciated or desired to learn new things until several years ago. It actually started out of necessity with food and nutrition which then led to cooking. I realized I didn’t really know how to cook, outside of a few semi home-made things. The more I’ve needed to “refine” my diet, the more skills I’ve acquired. I didn’t attend any classes to learn how to cook, but I did watch a lot of cooking shows, online tutorials, read, and most importantly, practiced. I have had many failed dishes, but lots of successes too. I still love to try new recipes, new ingredients, and thoroughly enjoy my time in the kitchen.

Last year I had the opportunity to take guitar lessons. We had a guitar that I had bought in hopes the boys might play, but they had never been interested. I saw they were offering free, adult, evening classes at a local school and decided to try it out. I had never played the guitar before, and didn’t know anyone in the class, but went anyway. After a few guitar lessons I realized it wasn’t for me. I did actually grasp the concept and the keys,which is more than I can say for the two different times I took piano lessons as a child, but wasn’t interested in investing the time or energy. I’m glad I took the class, met new people, and got a better understanding for all that playing the guitar entails. It made me appreciate guitar players, and appreciate that God created other people to play the guitar (and not me!).

I encourage you to learn something new. It can be anything that interests you or that adds to your life. Maybe it’s cooking, playing an instrument, or improving on a skill you already have. Maybe it’s something simple like working on hand-lettering like Crystal from Money Saving Mom, or something more advanced like learning a new language. Just try something that interests you. If you succeed you’ve learned a new skill, and if you fail you’ve learned to appreciate a skill that someone else has. Either way, learning adds richness to our lives.

 

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. 1 Thessalonians:11-12 

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