“The beginning of wisdom is this:
Though it cost all you have,
So…..many of you know that I have gone back to college. Yes. I know. What on earth was I thinking when I clicked “submit”? Going to college is for the young and energetic right? Trust me when I say there are days when I truly think I have lost what little of my mind I have left. When I click on that “course content” button every morning it is all I can do not to run screaming from the room.
But then I remember that my Adonai opened this door for me. He so gently
shoved pushed me through. He gives me to insight and clarity I need every day to do battle with the homework monster. I placed the paper welcoming me to Liberty University Divinity School right where I can see it while I work. A not so subtle reminder that I am where He wants me to be. In spite of all that comes with the coursework I have chosen, I know daily that He walks with me as I strive to gain wisdom and understanding. How fitting that this semester I have been studying about King Solomon who asked only that he be given wisdom when God asked him what he needed.
If you have been reading my blog for a while you also know that I am an avid reader. By that I mean that I would rather read than do most anything. Well not more than drink coffee but it comes pretty darn close. Since I often read while drinking coffee I guess they are mutually part of who I am. Because I love to read and am pretty opinionated (no really!), I also do book reviews. Because why wouldn’t someone who has a full load of college classes, takes care of a disabled adult child, works in ministry, and spends a lot of time visiting grand kids also take on the task of reading and reviewing books? Made sense to me when I said yes!
It has been my life motto that I can never read enough books. (or own enough books if you ask my sweetheart especially after this last move) Most of the books I read are really good. After I read them I write reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, NetGalley, and of course on blogs. No I don’t get paid (just in case you’re wondering if you too can get rich reading books…let me know if you can find that cash cow) unless you count the free books. Which is a whole different discussion in our house by the way!
The point of all of this rambling (you know your used to it by now) is that every once in a while you come across a book that changes lives. A book that can do more in a few brief chapters than hours of classroom time or video watching. The Key To Everything is a new book by Matt Keller. Who? Yeah. I had that same question but now I feel like I have a new best friend who has taught me quite the life lesson. (There is a link to Matt’s church, Facebook page, etc. at the end of the blog and no you can’t skip ahead to learn about him. Be patient.)
These days, in the overwhelming ocean that is technology, there is a new self-help book every minute it seems like. Fix me, change me, mold me, shape me. Quickly if possible. But this book is different. Kind of an apples and oranges different. One particular quote really set the tone for the type of wisdom to be gained by reading this book. “You must slow down enough to be able to learn what you need to learn so you can become what you want to become.”
Slow down. Learn. Become.
Wow did that hit me right where I needed it. I kept saying that I didn’t have time to go back to school. That there was no way I could add one more thing to my schedule. But God, in His infinite wisdom, kept letting that whale throw me up right back on the beach every time I started to run away from the idea of college. (yes I know. Jonah. Matt Keller. Book reviews. What? ADD is a curse of many writers)
Truthfully that point of The Key To Everything is that successful people, in every walk of life, are the teachable ones. How do you become teachable? “First is a willingness to learn something new.” We have all heard that we should try to learn something new every day. And in today’s technology overload there is no reason why you can’t, even if it’s just a new word. Second you must have “a willingness to relearn what you think you already know.” That’s the one that most people struggle with in my opinion. But those two things can get you out of your valley and on to the top of your mountain. And the cool thing? Matt lays out the steps for you so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Plus he’s funny. As in snort coffee out your nose funny.
There was one chapter of the book that let me check off one step before I even got to the last page. Chapter 13 is about how to get wisdom. Because one of the goals of being teachable is to obtain wisdom right? And where is the best place to find wisdom? You already own it! The wisest man who ever lived wrote a chapter in the Bible just for you to gain wisdom. Yep. That’s right. Proverbs. And even better? You can read one chapter a day and by the end of a year you will have read over 3500 phrases about wisdom. What? Oh yes. It’s just that simple. (And if you do it you can write Matt back in a year and tell him you took him up on his dare..see page 167…and how it changed your life)
So let me wrap this whole thing up by quoting my new favorite line ever…..”Find people who have lived your tomorrow and learn from them. It’s worth it.”¹ Actually it’s a requote of a quote but that’s ok. It is hands down the best advice I have ever heard. So go out. Be teachable. Gain wisdom. Increase your understanding.
The Key To Everything is available now from Amazon. Learn more about Matt Keller on his website MattKellerOnline, on Facebook , on Twitter @matthewkeller
¹original quote by Micah Pelkey who apparently has a profound understanding of teachability
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