Over time, I have continued to learn
• that learning is a moment by moment process and
• that learning can come from my choosing to study something or
• that learning can come from life experiences in my life or in the life of another I observe and
• that learning can be a quick, short “aha” moment or a long-term, slowly unfolding series of moments
listen – look – ponder
A part of the meaning of the base word “learn’ is the idea of learning being “to follow or to find the track,” (https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=learn) and that fits with the idea that some of us are looking for meaning in our lives, a purpose for our “life experiences,” a way to see ahead on our path so—learning helps each of us “to follow or find the track” if we look, listen, and ponder.
While learning has sometimes come through painful experiences for me, it has brought me to understand more about my path which, of course, brings me some inner calm and plants that little seed of hope that I will come to more insights over the time ahead.
Bottom line: what I have learned recently . . .
I am reminded every day—
that I have much more to learn to “follow the track” I want to follow and that means I need to
listen —> look —> ponder
breathe life in slowly . . .
and learn moment by moment . . .
a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6.
My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)!
I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting!
Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
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