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  • Wayne Chasney

Lifelong Learning

Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name. (Psalm 86:11)

Recently, I have been reading a biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, “the father of the atomic bomb.” Before that, I read a book on the first four months of Harry S. Truman’s presidency. Taken together, what struck me is how little I knew or ever was taught about the use of the atomic bomb and the end of WWII.

As you may know, history and particularly presidential history is a hobby of mine. With regard to WWII, I have read biographies on FDR, Truman, and Eisenhower as well as several other works from that period. I thought I had a pretty good grasp on how the war ended. Now I find I still have much to learn.

Reading history is a hobby, something I do for fun. I know most people don’t think of that as fun, but I know a lot of people who enjoy NASCAR and I don’t get that either. To each their own.

Reading and studying the Bible is my job, which thankfully I also enjoy. I have been doing it professionally for 30 years now. You might think I have it figured, but all I have really come to know is that there is still so much I don’t know.

When I read Psalm 86 and it says, “Teach me your way, O LORD,” I think of how much I still don’t know and how much there is still to learn. God is full of surprises and far too great to ever really be known. And faith? Faith is a journey of discovery that is also full of surprises as long as we are open and willing to keep learning.

We ought to start each day by saying, “Teach me your ways, O LORD,” because every day is an opportunity to learn, to grow, and to discover the wonderful and amazing glory of our God. May we never stop learning.

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