I go through seasons where I feel more alive than others. When I feel most alive is when I am learning. I believe that humans are designed to be learners. If we are learning that is a key indicator that we are living. When we stop learning I think we begin the dying process. If I were to claim that I don’t need to learn anymore, that I have arrived, I am already dead.
What I’m learning though is that there are many different kinds and styles of learning. I need very intense and intentional learning. Being in school is one of my favorite things. Mainly because I know how lazy I am and I need the accountability to learn on purpose. Some people take the time to learn one thing everyday. Some people devote their learning to sports, news, entertainment, etc.
The important thing is that you are learning. I believe the desire to know and to learn is a part of the way we are made. My wife learns very differently than I do, but the things she learns about are important to her, and make her life richer. Her primary subject is people. When she learns about some tragedy or hardship, she wants to learn about it, because she cares about people very deeply. Her learning is empathetic. I’ve been greatly moved by her empathy for families that have experienced loss or who are facing big fears and uncertainties.
I believe that we have the desire to learn and to know, because we want to know and be known. And I believe that God put that desire in us, because as we seek truth and knowledge, we are seeking the ultimate truth and knowledge, which I believe can only be found in God. God is not afraid of our learning. I think what makes God sad is when we stop learning.
Learning shows life. God loves life. God gives life.
And I don’t just mean some cosmic sky hippie idea of God. I mean the God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit, The Trinity God. Which if you try to learn about you will have no end to your learning.