I have to say, I’m glad I’m not in school anymore. Staying awake in class was always a challenge and my ability to read for long stretches is right up there with my software designing skills (that is to say, nonexistent.) But I still love to learn. Don’t you?
As I muse over this month’s articles, campus outreach as well as Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) are recurring themes. You don’t have to be a college student to know that life is a continuing education and you don’t have to be Jewish to know that each new year is an occasion for solemn soul searching as well as happy holiday greetings. And then there’s David’s article, reminding us that hopes and cautionary notes go together. Trying new things is critical to remaining relevant but so is a firm grip on unchanging truths.
So what does all this mean to you and me? On the one hand, God has pretty much told us everything we need to know about how to relate to Him and to one another as His people. The Bible has quite a lot to say about learning and teaching, but it’s basically about receiving and passing on what God has done and what He has revealed. There’s no new message; our hope and our redemption are ageless and unchanging.
What’s new is the way that we see God’s grace and redemption applied to the changing circumstances of our lives. What’s new are the opportunities to use the changing technology as well as changing situations around us to share the unchanging gospel. In order to do this we need to keep refreshing and deepening our knowledge of God’s Word, and we need to keep alert to what’s going on around us. We need to hold fast what is true, while remaining open to new ways of passing it on.
We’re not all equally flexible when it comes to learning or utilizing technology, but we all have the ability to look beyond our own cares and concerns, to look and listen and be part of other people’s lives.
One thing I learned from my father, Moishe Rosen, is that you can learn from people of all ages and all walks of life. And very often it is our willingness to learn from others that gives them the trust and the desire to learn from us as well. What will you discover about God today, not because He’s changed, but because your situation, or someone else’s, has opened your heart to seeing things differently? Who can you learn from this month? Who will learn something from you?
Ruth Rosen, Editor