For my job as a physical therapist, I have to continue my education throughout my career. Every year I take classes that teach me new skills and techniques I can use to help my patients get well. After leaving the class, I’m always very eager to use the new stuff I’ve learned. After a few months, the excitement starts to fade and some of what I’ve learned starts to leave my mind. Anything I don’t continue to use, re-read, and practice will just fade away.
The same principles apply to everything we learn in our life.
Proverbs 7:2-3 says:
Keep my commands and live; protect my teachings as the pupil of your eye. Tie them to your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
We must protect what we learn and live it out on a daily basis. Memorize, re-read, practice, teach, share, write down…how can you gain wisdom without trying? How can you live it out if you don’t remember it?