HABITS OF THE WISE (2)
As we continue in search of wise habits or habits of the wise, we will this week look at yet another one- LEARNING. I’m almost sure you have heard the saying “the day you stop learning is the day you start dying. Yes! It’s true, not only a truth but a law. Learning is not a 1-day or even a 20-year event; it should be a lifelong process. “A wise man will hear, and increase learning: and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.”- Proverbs 1:5.
A wise man therefore is one who never stops learning; one who has made learning a habit.
The scriptures tell us “wise men lay up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction”- Proverbs 10:14.
The wise man knows wisdom is the right application of knowledge and so you cannot be wiser than the amount of knowledge you have at your disposal. The world we live in today is a world of knowledge just as Daniel predicted (Dan 12:4), what made the news yesterday is but news today. How relevant do you think the chief engineer of the then NITEL will be to the telecommunication companies of today? He will be at best a trainee. Why? His knowledge of telecommunication has become obsolete. If we therefore want to remain relevant we must make learning a die-hard habit.
One major way (not the only way) to keep learning is reading. A wise man once said “you will be what you’ll be in 5 years time by the books you read today. If you read at least a book a month on a particular field, in 10 years you will be a consultant in that field. What are you reading? If you think reading ends with schooling, don’t forget that life is itself a school- the type that has no classrooms nor timetable, there is matriculation but no convocation. Day in day out till death do us part, we are constantly, consistently and continuously receiving lectures and writing exams of life unknown to us.
Personally, I have discovered, that by reading a book of a 75 year old man, I am not only gaining some knowledge, I am also gaining 75 years of experience. This makes the bible a must read for everyone. Why? It’s been around for thousands of years now; it details the life and experiences of the wisest men that ever lived as well as the foolish ones too. David, father of the wisest man ever) said “O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me”- Psalm 119:97-98. How often do you read your bible?
President, The Teacher Ministries
Join the LA family where we study and live by the word. Thelafamily.org/labs. You will never regret it.