This month we’re talking about lessons, what lessons are, lessons people have learned and what we’re learning in life. As I was considering this and perusing the verses I might want to share with you today I was reminded about a really important aspect of learning and lessons: the point of them. Let’s think about it for a minute: what exactly is the point of a lesson or learning anyway? Why do we devote tons of money each year to learning about different diseases? Why do we spend time studying history? Why do we spend time in philosophical conversations with people? Why do we talk with others about life experiences? The answer is really quite simple: to find the truth.
Truth is an interesting creature because some truths are hard, cold facts that you can’t change. Like what happened in 1776 or on September 11, 2001. With other things it’s the truth until we learn the next version of the truth, like what we currently have discovered about Alzheimers; there is a lot more we have to learn, but there are certain things we believe to be the truth at this time.
So what do we do? Sometimes it’s not about getting to the absolute truths but about learning what we can from each bit of truth we discover. But the bottom line is that we can’t stop learning and pursuing truth. We shouldn’t settle, but should continue to pursue the truth through all versions, editions, variations and levels.
“Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you.” 2 Timothy 1:13-14