Lifelong Learning

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts”                                                                                          John Wooden

I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching                                                                                  Proverbs 4:2

John Wooden, for those that may not know him, was the Hall of Fame basketball coach of UCLA. He won 10 national championships with UCLA, the first coming in his 18th season of coaching. Between 1964 and 1975, Wooden’s UCLA team won 10 of the 12 national championships, seven of them consecutively. He is known for his insightful and meaningful quotes, as well as a genuine faith and an incredible coaching ability.

This quote above gives insight into his humility and wisdom. We all need to be lifelong learners, and that takes humility. Keeping our minds and hearts open to new things is especially important these days. None of us has the corner on truth or knowledge, but that humble and open pursuit of truth and wisdom is what counts.  

As I am open to the leading of the Holy Spirit in the pursuit of God’s daily plan, I am open to learning things that I currently do not know. A guy who toiled for 18 coaching season before his first championship shows discipline, tenacity and perseverance. He also kept learning.

I think John Wooden was on to something.  This is a guy who won his first championship at age 54. His best professional years were ahead of him at age 54.

I like John Wooden.

Prayer: We are open to learning your ways daily. Thank you for giving that daily instruction, Amen.

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