That’s something that I have learned over the last few years. I don’t know who coined the phrase but John Maxwell is where I heard it first. He aslo said that when you quit learning you quit leading. This has been an inspiration to me to keep my mind open to new ways of doing things, to keep my eyes open to what is going own around the world that is being successful and to stay humble even when you feel like what you are doing works.
Over the last few weeks though, my thought process has been challenged. I think that I had reworded this principle to read like this: Readers are Learners. I don’t think this principle is true all the time.
At Lifepoint Church where I work, we believe that spiritual maturity is measured by application not by knowledge. We believe you can memorize all of scripture and not live it at all (remember the Pharisees). We also believe that it is better to apply one truth out of God’s word than to know it all and apply none of it. I think that it is possible in our quest for knowledge to read, listen to and look at tons of material and learn nothing at all. The book that I posted about last week (QBQ) says this: “Learning is really about translating knowing what to do into doing what we know. It’s about changing. If we have not changed we have not learned”.
This may not be new info to anyone out there but I want to challenge you like I am being challenged, If you read, listen to or here something that resonates with you, learn it! Study it and apply it, put your knowing into action, then you will be a learner and that keeps you in position to lead.