OLD DOG, NEW TRICKS

NEWS BY THE NUMBERS:

45 – Percentage who make New Year’s Resolutions

24 – Percentage who never achieve their New Year’s Resolutions

1 in 3 – Number of people who ditch their resolutions by January 31st

10 – People who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to succeed than those who don’t

I don’t make resolutions per say, but I’m constantly striving to learn new things and improve myself in some area or another. It usually involves learning a new skill.

YOU CAN’T TEACH AN OLD DOG…

We just returned home from a wonderful visit with my mother in Paducah. In typical Florence fashion, celebrated Christmas a little late. My sister gave my mother an iPad, introducing her to the incredible phenomena of the World Wide Web. Initially, Mama held the belief of “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” So part of our visit consisted of a tech seminar of sorts and conversations that went something like this:

“Remember, to write a new email, look for the icon of the pen and paper.”

“Icon?”

“You know, the little picture...”

“How do I get my typewriter to come up?”

“Put your finger on what you would type ...”

THE MORE PLACES YOU’LL GO

Ironically, as Mama browsed Facebook, she saw a picture that said, “To my children: Never make fun of having to help me with computer stuff. I taught you how to use a spoon.” Truth is, I would never make fun of someone trying to learn a new skill. As my favorite doctor, Dr. Seuss said, “The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the more places you’ll go.” As wise as Dr. Seuss is, he can’t hold a candle to what we read in Proverbs. Take a look at some of my favorite verses:

Let the wise hear and increase in learning… - Proverbs 1:5

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. – Proverbs 9:9

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. – Proverbs 19:20

You may be thinking, “That’s great, LA, but I don’t have the time to take a class.” Nobody says you have to sign up for a class – especially when we have so many teaching tools at our disposal: Pinterest, YouTube, and even the local library, thus debunking the theory of not being able to teach an old dog new tricks.

A CHRISTIAN’S BUCKET LIST

I recently read an article that talked about 100 Things All People Should Know How To Do. It contained items such as changing a tire, sewing on a button, telling a good story, performing CPR, and a list of other things. The article prompted me to do a search on “Things All Christians Should Know How To Do.” Here is a small sample:

1.      Memorize an entire chapter of the Bible.

2.      Become a person of good humor who laughs easily.

3.      Share the gospel of Christ with a non-believer.

4.      Tell everyone you love that you love them.

5.      Make your own bucket list and grow spiritually.

Our Bible Study Group, which consists of a handful of young ladies, is getting ready to choose a resolution each month to work on. January is going to include serving and encouraging others. Hopefully, by the end of the year, we will have expanded ourselves, served others, and hopefully, pleased God. I pray the same is true is for you. As we learn in 2nd Timothy 2:15, Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

CHOOSE CHRIST

Dr. Seuss can sum in up in a way I can’t, “You have brains in your head. You have feet with your Shoes. You can steer yourself any way you choose.” My prayer is that we all choose to be the best we can be, live in Christ, and show others His love!

(P.S. Mama, So glad you are able, for the first time, to read this blog via the internet! And no need to try and find and your typewriter. You don’t need it!)