I would like to believe that I learn from experience. I know that this isn’t always true, but I hope that at least part of the time it might be true! There are many others that strive to respond to life in the same way. Military leaders are avid students of history. One finds that they are able to recite the lessons from various battles and political movements, intelligently describing situations and their potential applicability to life today. It seems that they are looking to proactively apply the lessons of the past to the problems of today.
Students of warfare are not the only one looking to leverage experiences. The law is founded on precedent, many churches on tradition, and marketing on public perception. Everyone is looking to learn, refine, and be more effective.
It would be nice if hope didn’t end here. The story doesn’t end with this limited list, yet John’s words foretell of a critical area where the “best” of this world refuse to accept what is evidenced. “I saw the Beast and, assembled with him, earth’s kings and their armies, ready to make war against the One [God] on the horse and his army.” (Revelation 19.19)
The learning opportunity for all of us rests in good versus evil, self versus compassion for others – which provides the “best life”? There is amble evidence of the “correct” answer. We have our own lives to examine if we have the courage. Yet we stumble along as if the question is still in doubt! We live as if we are in denial of what is around us. The need for immediate gratification overwhelms any ability to learn and grow.
Regardless of yesterday, today is a fresh opportunity to shape the future with hope, mercy, and compassion. We can learn from yesterday’s experiences. The Spirit is available to empower, encourage, and nurture. We have a window in which everything changes. There are no limits, boundaries, or restrictions! Everything is possible. We can be the gate for others to see the possibilities.
Will I learn yesterday’s lessons today?