I was with two of my friends a while ago, we were discussing how I was rounding up a one-month-long driving school program I enrolled for, and one of them asked why I opted for that and not the two weeks or three weeks options, saying two weeks was enough to learn to drive, and to that question I had no answer.
While reflecting on his comments i realised that behind my choice from amongst the programs on offer was the thought that the longer I learned, the better driver I would be; I felt one month would be enough to ‘perfect’ my driving skills only to come to the end of the program to realise that wasn’t necessarily true.
I’ll be pretty good with the steering wheels, and don’t get me wrong, I’ll recommend the driving school any day, but I’ll be disappointed by the perfection I expected when I started.
Again, this brought to mind yet another conversation; in my second year in the university, a senior colleague whom I consider an elder brother had just finished his degree program in the same faculty. We got talking on how obsolete I felt the syllabus was and the relevance of his degree to him at the time, and he said these words to me, in playing down on all my excuses and complaints.
I’ll never forget, he said, and I quote, “What school teaches you is how to learn; it gives you the fundamentals you need to learn and unlearn going forward.” I consider those words worthy of being framed and hung on my wall.
Although it makes more sense to me with each passing day, especially now I’m done with school. I still reflect on those words from time to time, as I have had to undergo quite some training programs even after graduation, and have had to feel this way more often than I’ll like to admit.
Jesus, in a conversation with his disciples, said, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come“. Jesus would speak to his disciples along these lines when he says that there is so much he wants to tell them at that time, during his time on earth as their rabbi, leader, and teacher; but couldn’t because they couldn’t receive them at that moment. He promises them another comforter, who’ll teach them and remind them.
Once this comforter came, he became – and still is- the enablement to practice the very things Christ instructed them to do. In the course of practice, going about the great commission and ministry through his guidance, persecutions, mistakes, disagreements, they became wiser, more skilled, bolder, and more resolute in the things committed to them.
I’ve realised that there is hardly nothing like complete preparation in life. What we get, and should be content with, is just enough knowledge of the rules and training to believe in our ability to learn as we go on — learning from the things that work and those that don’t. Seeing mistakes for what they are; discoveries of ways that do not work.
There is so much to learn by involving in the actual practice of the things we learn than will ever be learned learning. Too much information can impede action, knowing everything sucks the excitement of learning something you never knew or unlearning of something wrong you learned.Maybe this is for undergraduate, who doesn’t see the relevance of some courses in the syllabus, or just someone who, despite concluding a regimented learning program in any field of study, still feels he doesn’t measure up. All there is to learn can’t be taught on a whiteboard; you’ll learn the rest with your hands dirty with hands-on engagement. Feel free to drop your comments, Thank me later😊😊