2018 Best Practices #3

Resolutions don’t mean much. Which of your New Year’s resolutions from last year can you remember? We make resolutions but rarely do we resolve to do anything different.

Let me suggest something different. Let me suggest you adopt “Best Practices for 2018.” Adopting practices for life with help you do things that will always make a difference.

Let me suggest a practice that determines to “Read, Study, Grow.”

As a pastor, I simply have to read, study, and grow. I can’t depend on my past education to give fresh, up-to-date sermons and lessons. Up-to-date sermons means that I continue to study and learn.

No matter what profession you are in or job you have, it’s imperative that you don’t quit learning.

My mother has always been pleased when her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren learned to read and spent a lot of time reading. She always told us this, “If you can read, you can learn anything.”

Many people believe that the first three or four years of school determines the future of the child. They believe this because that’s the time you learn to read. If you spend the first years learning to read, you can spend the rest of your life teaching yourself.

What a tragedy if Christians don’t continually look for ways to grow and express our faith. Let us not stop seeking to learn and practice our faith.

Let us take Paul’s encouragement to Timothy to heart: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

One Comment


  1. Alta Allen
    Jan 18, 2018

    Thank you for your post. I hope that the young adults who are raising families will take this to heart. Your mother was right on target.
    As a professional educator for 50 years, my passion was to teach children how to read. During the last10 years of my career I taught teachers how to teach reading.
    Now asa volunteer at FBCC help our homeless school age children who come to us through our program “Family Promise. “
    Needless to say, your message today was a blessing just as our Lord continues to bless me each day
    God Bless You and FBCC

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