Live and learn

By KIMBERLY SNIDER
THINK A MINUTE

THINK a minute…

A little boy said: “I’ve learned that if I’m in trouble at school, I’m going to be in more trouble at home.” A husband remarked: “I’ve learned I should never praise my mother’s cooking while I’m eating my wife’s cooking.”

An old woman observed: “I’ve learned that 6-year-old children are the only ones who think it’s neat when their teeth fall out.” One guy said: “I’ve learned that loaning money to family and friends causes them to lose their memory.” And a young adult painfully concluded: “I’ve learned you can do something in a moment that will give you heartache the rest of your life.”

You’ve heard the expression, “Live and learn.” The two should go together. But sometimes we just live. “We all make mistakes, but it’s the wise who learn not to repeat them.”

In a way, our life’s like a ship: we can steer it by the rudder or by the rocks. We can learn to read the signs and avoid trouble by making the right choices, or we can learn the slow, hard way by continuing to run into problems from our wrong choices. So if we want a good life, we need to be a good student of life. We need to realize we can learn something from everybody. Some people even teach us by their bad example how not to live.

A smart man said: “We should learn from other people’s mistakes, since there’s simply not enough time for us to make all the mistakes ourselves.” Another person said: “I’ve learned silence from the talkative and kindness from the unkind.” So our different teachers can include both old people and young kids, friends and enemies. We can learn from good books, our memories, as well as from winning and losing.

You see, it’s when we stop learning that we start getting bored. We humans are made with tremendous potential for always learning and doing new things. In fact, it’s when we stop learning that we stop living.

A successful businessman said: “Anyone who stops learning is old, but whoever keeps learning stays young.” How about you? Are you just growing old? Why not ask Jesus to take charge of your life? He’ll keep you from getting bored and teach you His ways every day, so you’ll never stop learning and can stay young.

Just think a minute!

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