Some time ago, CNN’s Belief Blog noted the rise in older Americans returning to seminary for education. Comparing the trend to Dennis Quaid’s role in “The Rookie,” it questioned the pros and cons of returning to school at an older age, especially in one’s retirement years.
One wonderful aspect of this trend stands out–Christians are called to lifelong learning. There is no point at which a person “graduates” from spirituality. Personally, I see the return to education by Baby Boomers as a wonderful shift from the dated perspective that taught the three phases of life: learning years, earning years, and yearning years.
Instead, we see life is much more interconnected, with earning, learning, and yearning all overlapping in various ways. Teenagers need time to reflect, Boomers need to keep learning, and all of us apparently need to keep earning considering the current state of the economy.
All that to say this: never stop learning. Whether you are pursuing a degree or dream, life is meant to be live as a continual growth process. Go back to school, take a class, attend a workshop, buy a book, join a group. But never, never stop learning.
BURROUGHS is an author, activist, and co-founder of Activist Faith.
Dillon served in Haiti following the epic 2010 earthquake and has
investigated modern slavery in the US and internationally. His books
include Undefending Christianity, Not in My Town (with Charles J.
Powell), and Thirst No More . Discover more at DillonBurroughs.org.