Learn It Before You Need It
A little while back, Lydia and I took a parenting class at our church. We have two boys and we want to raise them well. The teacher was our pastor’s wife, Pastor Kim. She and Pastor Steve have raise four great kids who are all serving God. If there’s anyone who we want to emulate in raising our kids, it’s someone like them who have proven that their methods work.
There were three types of people in our class. The first type were parents who hadn’t done a great job of raising their kids (usually because they had more recently come to Christ) and their teenaged kids weren’t doing great. The second type were grandparents who, in some capacity, are now raising their grandkids and didn’t want to make the same mistakes again. The third type were people like Lydia and I. We have one or more kids who are still very young and we want to do things right from the beginning.
The thing that was weird to me is that the third group was the minority in the class. There are tons of young couples in our church who have small children (just peek into any of the classrooms on a Sunday morning and you’ll see) but they didn’t seem to want to take the time to learn how to raise their kids. I think it’s fantastic that the people in the first two groups were in that class, but I’m sure every one of them would have said that they wish they had taken that class when they first started out.
I’m not trying to give a lecture about why the young parents should take a parenting class. For all I know, every other time this class was taught there were tons of those third type parents. What I’d like you to get from this post is that we all need to do a better job of looking ahead and learning what we’ll need to know in the future. It really doesn’t take much to figure out what kind of stuff you’ll wish you knew in the future.
If you have kids, you’ll want to know how to raise them. If you’re starting a business, you’ll want to know how to manage people and a budget. If you want to be a good wife, you’ll want to know how to cook and clean. If you want to be a good husband, you’ll want to know how to keep a job and give good foot rubs.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs is full of verses about why you need to gain knowledge and wisdom. This verse says that fools despise wisdom and instruction. No super smart people, not people who already know enough, not people who are too busy, fools.
So, go learn something. Look a little into your future and figure out the things you might need to know. Then go and take a class or read a book. Don’t just run head first into things thinking you already know everything you’ll need.