Just Sayin’ – Graduating from Learning

Posted: June 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Pro 4:7 NIV

It was so cool – watching young people receive their academic rewards of scholarships, recognitions and diplomas just this week. I have been to several graduations over the years, but this time, I was especially touched. Maybe it’s because of the nostalgia of my yester-years?

For some of us, the years of our own graduations, grade/high/under grad/grad/post education seem like they were moments not too long ago. We remember well the ceremonies and depending on the graduation, we might have some recollection of the commencement speech.

Yes, graduation affirms that learning has taken place. But I’d like to suggest that “learning” itself should graduate as well? I mean, “Learning” should graduate to “Understanding.” Check this:

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Pro 4:7

Y’see, “learning” may be thought of as “forward thinking” (do this – get that.). And “Understanding” may be thought of as “backward thinking” (do this – because of that).[i]

In other words, God has led us in the past and has allowed us to learn how to do things to get to a point/place. But as we reflect on where we’ve been, we move from “learning” to “understanding.” Understanding is when we see how God has been with us and we move forward with the benefit of learning the lessons of yester-days.

Yes, it’s exciting to see how life continues to race along – so my prayer for all of us is that we graduate from “learning” to “understanding.” The Bible says that it’s costly, but most things that are worthy are… Get yours.

I’m just sayin’….

 

[i] For more on differences between learning and understanding, see <accessed on 2013 0530 http://myflexiblepencil.com/2012/06/26/the-difference-between-learning-and-understanding/>

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