There’s never a good time to stop learning. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found out there are important things I needed to know to be a good husband, a good dad, good at your job, etc. that I never got a chance to learn. If you have the mindset that you can quit learning when you’re done with high school, graduate from college, or get to a certain age, you may be unprepared for what is expected of you. At various times, I have found that I wasn’t prepared for a big part of my life or my job just because I had a degree that said I was. That’s a big reason for why I went back to school several years ago. Being almost good enough wasn’t good enough for me. I want to always be ready to do what God asked me to do, so I’m committed to learning what I need to learn.
Going to school isn’t the only way to learn, though. You don’t have to go back to college every time you want to learn something. You can read, too. You can read your Bible, other books about God’s character, about marriage, about parenting, about walking with God, about being a better leader, and so many other things. I want to continue learning, so I can continue growing, so I can be the very best me I can be. I want you to be the very best you, too, but you’ll only get there by continuing to learn. You can be better every day by choosing to grow.
The Bible actually tells us to continue growing and learning, especially in the things of God. It’s dangerous to stop learning, assuming you already know enough to make it, especially as a Christian. A good way to stop being a Christian is to stop learning. Do you know why? If you only take what others have told you about God, and you never study it for yourself, you can be easily tricked into believing other things. 2 Peter 3:17-18 says, “You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” Peter spends a lot of time warning Christians to beware. There are false teachers, people who don’t believe the right things about God, and people who don’t believe in God at all that were trying to pull them away from their faith in God. He said that since they knew about this, because he had warned them, they needed to be careful to not get fooled by people that teach the wrong things. They needed to be careful to not lose their stability. How were they going to be careful to not get pulled away or fall? Yes, they were going to continue to grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus.
You will probably be tempted to think that you know more than you need at some point. You’ll be tempted to think you don’t need to learn, because you know so much already. You may be tempted to not read the Bible again and again, because you already know what’s in there. You may be tempted to give up on church, because you already know everything the church teaches. You just may get to the point where you feel like you know enough already. That’ll never be true. In fact, the smarter you are, the more you’ll desire to learn. Proverbs 1:5 says that wise people hear and increases in learning, and those who understand a lot know to continue getting advice and guidance. In Proverbs 18:15, it says that the intelligent and wise seek out knowledge.
Giving up on learning doesn’t make a good case for your intelligence. The smartest thing a smart person could ever do is try to become smarter.