Rule #7: Never stop learning.

My favorite way to describe this rule is the parable of the blind men and the elephant. A zoo did a special day for the blind where they brought some of the less ornery animals out and let groups of blind people observe the animals. The elephant was of particular interest because of how large they had all heard it was. They wanted to see it for themselves. So five at a time a group of blind men would go into an elephant pen. One particular group began to describe the elephant to each other and argue their points. The one that grabbed the trunk said "The elephant is just like that snake we touched back their, It's not so big." The one that grabbed the tail said "The elephant is like a rope its small but tough." The third blind man grabbed a leg and said "The elephant is the size of a tree trunk and just and steady." The fourth one grabbed an ear and said "Yes it is like a tree I have one of the leaves in my hand." The fifth man touched the side of the elephant and exclaimed "There is no elephant in here. I just walked to the other side of the room and I'm touching the opposite wall."

Having seen an elephant those of us with site see these comments as foolish, even silly. Every one of them was completely wrong. Or as Rule #7 tells us every one of them had a small piece of the truth. No matter how well you are equipped with senses, no matter how long you have lived, no matter how many books you have read, you are a blind man trying to understand the elephant, the big picture of life. You're tiny little world will never compare to the world with 2 or 3 others helping you explore.

This isn't just about life. A task as simple as making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich can be complicated enough to occupy someone for their entire life and still not be fully understood or perfected. The best way to spread, the right amount on pressure and speed to spread the peanut butter. The right kind of peanut butter to use. The right kind of peanut, the right way to grow the peanut, the right soil and environment to plant it in, the right way to till and treat the soil, the right way to store it once it's tilled, the right way to store and transport the peanut, the right way to make the peanut butter, the right way to store, transport, and distribute the peanut butter. Now about the Jelly... and the bread. It took thousands maybe tens of thousands of people to make your peanut butter and jelly sandwich. If the simple tasks are so complicated, how much more important is it to listen and learn to the complicated ones. To always be ready to learn something new about your occupation you have worked at for 20 years. I'll bet you've made dozens of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and never once thought about the guy who wrote up a plan to transport it from the factory, to the distribution center, to the store. Or the guy that built the truck that was used to transport it. Oops turns out it's closer to millions of people involved to make you one "Simple" peanut butter and jelly sandwich. 

The day you stop learning is the day you fall into complacency, sin, and death. God is a God who is constantly teaching us new things, and taking us on new adventures and if we stubbornly refuse to learn his new lesson, we will be left behind. "Wisdom calls aloud..." are you listening? [Provers 1:20]

Comments

I love the PB&J illustration. I may use it in a message to our youth on the body of Christ. It'd be fun to have a youth make a sandwich in front of everyone, then ask, "How many people did it take to make that PB&J? Then blow it up and compare it to the Church.
Thanks Daniel

Nice. I love how you make my illistrations so practical.