New Year…Fresh Start-Learning Something New

Teach the wise, and they will become wiser; inform the righteous, and their learning will increase (Proverbs 9:9, Common English Bible).

One of my great joys these days is tying prayer ropes I either sell or give away (I sell just enough to cover my expenses). I’ve had an interest in prayer beads since becoming a pastor. There are bead traditions in just about every religion on the planet. I was interested because I wanted to investigate other ways of praying in order to remain better focused during my prayer life.

When I started training to be a spiritual director that interest changed from beads to knotted prayer ropes. First I bought myself a prayer rope and started using it in my daily prayers. But as time went on, I wanted to learn how to tie the knot used in an Orthodox Prayer Rope so I could share the value of the rope with others.

I started out trying to follow a YouTube video. I wasn’t successful. It is a very hard knot to tie. I still haven’t learned it. I did, however, learn a knot that works effectively and looks good. Though my ropes are not “orthodox” they can still be great aids to prayer.

All this is to say, I learned something new and it helped my prayer life as well as the prayer lives of others. I love tying the ropes, I love praying with the ropes and I love sharing the ropes with others.

It all started because I wanted to learn something new. This was not a New Year’s resolution, I don’t think I have ever made a resolution to learn something new but I can see, it wouldn’t be a bad idea.

The thing is, God wants us always to be about learning new things. God wants us to learn new things about our faith, to aid us in our faith, to learn new things about our careers, to learn new skills that will help others and more.

When was the last time you learned something new? What was it?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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