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Things just aren’t the same in the world of work. A generation ago, someone welcomed into corporate America was likely to remain with that company for his or her entire career. Company training taught workers new skills that were needed along the way. Graduation from college seemed like a true graduation from learning for most folks.
Fast forward to the twenty-first century. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker today will be employed a minimum of ten places by age 40. Volatility in the job market is the norm, due to the impact of technology and our interconnectedness as a nation and world. The training for new skills, once left to companies, now is the ongoing responsibility of each person. You might say that each of us now needs to be faithful to our own learning since other entities no longer provide these opportunities for us.
You will notice the name of this blog is Faithfully Learning. That title is quite intentional, for it expresses the expectations for each of us who live in this digital age. I consistently share with my students that they need to build a pattern of lifelong learning. This is something that is their responsibility, and their faithfulness to this task will, in large part, determine their earthly success. Faithfully learning is essential not only for them but also for each of us as professionals.
But faithfully learning involves more than training for gainful employment. There is also an essential faith and spiritual component to this. In 1 Thessalonians 1:3, Paul commends the people of the Church in Thessalonica for their growth in faith—a faith that was nourished by learning through the study of God’s Word. The author of Hebrews, in chapter 5 (Hebrews 5:12-14), makes the distinction between milk and solid food as examples of faith, encouraging growth in knowledge of the Lord, prodding each of us to greater maturity through faithfully learning about our God and all that He has done for us. It is clear that faithfully learning is not merely a necessity for navigating this earthly life but also for allowing the Holy Spirit to draw us closer to our Savior.
In the coming months, I will be sharing my learning journey with you. It is my prayer that the thoughts I post will be helpful and even inspiring for educators, church workers, and anyone who cares about the learning process. Some posts will be practical, with ideas you might be able to immediately apply. Other posts will be more theoretical, challenging each of us to dig deeper into how students learn and develop faith. All posts will be examples of faithfully learning, which in my mind is not only being faithful to the process of lifelong learning but also to growing in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Join me in faithfully learning. What an adventure this will be!
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