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Monday, January 13, 2014

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In the Sabbath School class that I lead in Moscow, we decided to toss around a soft soccer ball at the beginning of the class and that whoever caught the ball had to share something new that he or she had learned in the past week.

There were a lot of smiles and giggles. Our group of students, diplomats and office workers from five continents struggled to find something to say. One doctor-in-training from Africa said she had learned a complex formula in chemistry that week. But many joined a housekeeper from the Philippines in admitting that they couldn’t think of a thing.

I sincerely doubt that a single person had finished the week without learning something new either regular knowledge or more importantly, spiritual knowledge and insight. The problem is we don’t always make an effort to do learn, and this is a big mistake.

For the past several years my goal has been to learn at least one new thing every day. My inspiration is the 41-year-old American CEO of a Moscow-based company with 3,000 employees and excellent annual revenues. When I asked him about his secret for success, he told me: “You always have to raise the goal, not just for your team of workers, but for yourself. I think this is incredibly important—learning things and pushing forward your own boundaries. You always have to learn. If you're not learning, then you might as well give up.”

Whether the CEO knew it or not, he was following in the path of Solomon, who said, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning” (v. 9).


Andrew McChesney

Journalist in Russia

Columnist for the Adventist Review