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Continuing education excites the life long students at heart. While some inwardly groan at the thought of sitting for a long period of time listening to lecture after lecture. Find a happy place with a little bit of lecture and a little bit of realistic experience and then life is good!

A few weeks ago I was invited to join a diverse group of people sharing in the desire to learn more about survival, first aid and firearm skills. We had a long day, enough information to make my head spin, practical first aid training and firearm training with the finest instructors.

As we drove back to the hotel, my mind replayed the day and all the information that was shared. New information and skills built upon previous knowledge and experience.

One of the exercises was to properly pack a puncture wound. No one wants to be the one to step up and go first. After a few seconds of awkwardness, I stepped up and began to pack and wrap our instructor’s “puncture wound.” When I finished, he gave me a raised eyebrow and said it was done very well, as if you had done this before. HA! Nope. Years of wrapping sprained ankles for Mark and my son allowed me to expertly warp his arm. I did learn a new skill to twist the bandage on top of the wound to give additional pressure to stop the bleeding.

We also took some time at the firing range. We had former Navy SEALs and professional marksmen to instruct, correct and refine our skills. Over the last 10 years I have spent some time at a firing range. I started out slow, once a year, with a trusted brother-in-law. Overtime, my cautiousness of a firearm grew into respect for the power of the weapon. During the last few years I have taken several courses of safety, awareness and skills for handling a firearm. Each time, the one thing I was struggling with was discussed and worked on. While I was at the latest workshop, we did a drill that focused on what to do when your gun jams. Previously, I had no idea what to do. I simply set it down, stepped back and let someone else who knew what they were doing, fix the jam. Because of the experts who were there to help us, they showed us how and performed drills on how to fix a jam, without losing focus, while keeping an eye on our target. To say the least, the training was very beneficial. I walked away more confident and loaded with new knowledge on handling my firearm.

Each trip to the shooting range and each class I take, my knowledge, understanding and skills deppen. With a variety of “Continuing Education” options, it can be beneficial and doesn’t have to be dreaded. Layer up your knowledge of what interests you. There is always something new to learn.

During the last several months, I’ve joined a Bible study group during the week. Life is busy and schedules get complicated. Yet, adding Bible study to my weekly schedule has proven beneficial.

At the moment we are studying the book of Revelation. My first response was an inward groan. I’ve studied the book of Revelation several times over the years. I have a difficult time translating and understanding the imagery of the contents. I get stuck on the imagery and miss the significance. I went in with my understanding up to this point, willing to layer on information to see if it would make a little more sense to me.

After a couple of weeks, I had learned more and understood what I did not understand before. I have added several new layers to my understanding and knowledge of Revelation.

Knowledge, understanding and growth occurs in layers. Along with life experience, each new layer  deepens my wisdom as well.

The areas we layer up knowledge are our passions and interests. Interests can also change over the years. A diversity of interests ignites a stronger desire to  layer up.

My friends, what are your passions and interests? What do you want to layer up your knowledge on? May you have an inner desire to lay up on Jesus. All knowledge and wisdom is an intricate part of who you are. Who do you want at the core and soul of your being? I tried me and it didn’t work out so well. I am layering up to have Jesus more and more be at the core and soul of my being. Give it a try and layer up on your knowledge of Jesus.

Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this, layering up together, in HIm.

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