It’s about that time of the year when I start thinking about our community garden plot. There are a number of standard plants that we will plant, but every year I look for something new to plant. That new idea, though, will cause me to go looking for information on what I need to do in order to help this new plant grow. Just planting something without knowing how to prepare the soil or care for it, will potentially lead to no harvest.
Our life as workers is all about constantly learning. At the end of almost 360 pages dealing with the life and work of a cross cultural worker, one author wrote: “Workers ministering in the twenty-first century can expect to serve in an atmosphere of constant change. Missions will be conducted everywhere, in every way, by everyone. This will demand lifelong learning and lifelong humility.”
Life long learning. Life long humility. Where does one begin? I think the answer lies in taking one area of growth, learning or development, and focusing on that one area over several months. Check out what materials are available or what online training is being offered. Ask a colleague to check back with you each week to see how you are progressing. Most of all, be perseverant in prayer and effort to grow.
Yes filling out feedback forms can be helpful, but setting a short goal, achieving it, and setting your sights on a new goal motivates us further. On our own, we may have great plans, but we easily let ourselves come up with excuses for why we can’t give time to a lifelong learning project. Once again, the community needs to come alongside and help us.
Are you ready to join in the journey?