I have a singular fear about learning; that I will stop learning. The day I stop is the day that I begin to die from the inside out. Learning and growth is at the heart of what it means to be alive! It is at the core of living. It is something that I believe we need to actively pursue. Not being intentional is an invitation to carelessly hurt one’s self as well as those around you.
Periodically, my mind turns to formal training programs. Do I have one? Have I thought about it? Have I encouraged those around me to develop one for her/himself? I am coming to realize that not everyone wants one. S/he believes they have what they need. In the situation, I do think that pushing an agenda to document their training plans is worthwhile. What is the point? The primary reason cited is a corporate mandate or policy. Perhaps something else is the answer.
The awareness of an alternative approach to brute force is awareness. In a spiritual context, the blunt advice that links to this is often confused as giving up. “There is such a thing as a fatal sin [no change or growth], and I’m not urging you to pray about that. Everything we do wrong is sin, but not all sin is fatal.” (1 John 5.17) Do we pray about our lack of a training program or deal with the reason there is no change in our lives?
Hopefully I have set you up to reach for the reasons we hold a belief within ourselves. Worry more about the reasons for why we do certain things than the outcomes of what we do. This is not to suggest that we should not be accountable or careful. My intent is to start with examining our hearts while watching out for ourselves.
I wake today certain that there are areas of my life where I can grow. Life calls me to something better than what I am. I can reach for more. In doing so, I can make a difference.