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My kids often comment that I’m not their teacher and I don’t need to be in teacher mode all the time! Well, too bad! It is true, once a teacher, always a teacher. Even though I’m not in the classroom, I still enjoy the fundamentals of teaching. For the moment, I’ll refrain from getting on my education soap box!! Anyway….. 

One of the many things I enjoyed about teaching was learning new things alongside my students. Oftentimes they taught me more than I taught them. 

Learning and receiving new information is a way of life. All areas around us are in flux with new ideas, concepts, and strategies being born everyday. We are never too old to learn something new. Old dogs really can learn new tricks.  

A few months ago I started a new job. I have the basic qualifications for the job they were hiring for. The services the business provides has been new terrain. I am thankful and grateful for a patient, gracious boss. On the third or fourth day I was feverishly creating my own cliff notes. 

During my first couple of days, as new information was given and my brain was going on overload mode, I had to figure out a way to retain and remember the new information. I was on the other side of the desk; a student instead of the teacher. Not everyone learns the same way. Not every teaching technique works for every student. With time and experience, each person uses the technique that helps retain and use the new information given. 

I learn by doing while using notes as a reference. Needless to say, I refer back to my notes often!

This works most of the time. When it doesn’t, I feel stuck and unsure of how to proceed.

Several years ago, I used a “Read the Bible in a Year” plan that took me a year and a half! I took notes, underlined verses and referred back to different sections when needed. It was a great accomplishment and I truly enjoyed and learned a lot during the year and a half. 

A few years ago I had the bright idea to read the Bible in chronological order. I made it to Leviticus. Three books in and I was lost! As I was reading, I was taking notes and mentally trying to tie events together and link different parts of my biblical knowledge together in chronological order. I had too many questions and not enough answers. I was in over my head! My “normal” way of learning wasn’t working. So, I stopped. Not the best answer, but that’s what I did.

As I was sharing my experience a few weeks ago, a suggestion was given to read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) straight through. Don’t take notes or try to connect the dots. Just read it straight through. What if I miss something or don’t understand something? Read it straight through again. And again if needed. I had to think about that one for a minute. This is not my typical “learning” style. Could it really work? Could I really learn and comprehend doing it this way? Well, I don’t have the answer yet. I’m in Matthew 14 on my first round through. It is a little awkward. I do catch myself wanting to go back to what is familiar. Yet, the desire to try something new and read through the Gospels a couple of times is intriguing. At the end of my daily reading, I pause and play the scenes in my mind, trying to lock them in. It’s a new way of learning for me. I’m not saying that I’m old, but I am learning a new trick. 

Have you read the Bible in a year? How did it go? Does it seem overwhelming, confusing or over your head? Take heart. You’re not the only one!  Breaking the Bible into smaller sections seemed like an excellent start. Starting with the Gospels seemed like an even better idea since the life of Jesus is the focal point in all four books. You want to get to know Jesus and His character, read the Gospels. 

Way back when, reading the Bible in a year or reading several books at a time seemed like something for educated scholars. For someone who struggled with reading comprehension at a young age, looking at the Bible and thinking about reading it from front to back was intimidating. The amount of Godly intel in one book is still a little intimidating. Our God is not a God of confusion. He is Love, Compassion, Wisdom and Knowledge who willingly shares with those who will listen. If you’re willing to read His word from front to back or 4 books at a time, He will empower your mind to understand, soften your heart to receive and give you the endurance to keep going when the intimidation starts to creep in. 

You want to get to know your Heavenly Father, get to know His Word. Use a learning style that you are comfortable with or try something new. Either way, dig into His Word. Look to learn something new everyday.  Be a lifelong student of Jesus. He is the best teacher you will ever have.

Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this, as a student of Jesus, together with Him. 

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