Who are the teachers that have most inspired you to learn and to change? Who gave you an appetite for knowledge?
I have had many teachers in life, but not many that inspired me to learn more and grow in new ways. One of the high school teachers that had a great affect on me was Mr. Alexander. He was a tall, thin man with a long beard who drove a Corvette and taught Grade 11 English. More than others, he said things and asked questions that set fire to my hunger to know more. He inspired a love for learning.
In the ancient world, one of the ‘all time’ great teachers was Solomon. He had a desire to study and learn about everything. He kept a journal of his findings about life in three books-- Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon. As a writer and communicator to his nation, he came to understand the need for truth, but also the limitations of what we choose to learn.
Good, wise teaching is like a goad—a stick used to poke cattle and get them moving. Have you ever heard wisdom that provoked you to move forward?
Good, wise direction also keeps you nailed in place. You do not come apart with every new idea if you have been secured by wisdom. It is unfortunate when people have knowledge of truth, but insist on letting go of it. There is no reason to come unfastened from wisdom that has held you together.
Solomon knew how powerful words can be and the importance of having a solid body of knowledge. But, he also experienced study that took him past the point of truthfulness. He said that there can be an endless amount of books written, but they won’t all give you life. You can wear yourself out with senseless knowledge.
The path of wisdom leads us to trusting God. Solomon discovered that some studying brought him to a respect and surrender to God, while other studies exhausted him physically and spiritually.