Learn Your Lessons

Posted on February 14, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call

While some students would have liked recess all day long, I would have preferred art class all day long. Therefore, skills that I should have paid attention to really did not concern me. Back in my early days of school, the first class I remember doing poorly in was penmanship. My handwriting is ugly! It is a combination of printing and cursive. The hard letters to write in cursive, I print. I also tend to pick up my pen often rather than letting the letters flow as they should. I can still hear my mother when I told her I only got a “D” in handwriting. I thought she would be happy that it wasn’t an “F”. Silly kid!

In my high school years, I disliked math. More specifically, algebra and geometry. Why on earth would I need to know about algebra and geometry? Another class that I mindlessly attended was typing. Who knew that computers would come along and that the keyboard would be used daily, at least to text? Part of my work is emailing and writing many thank you notes. I get so frustrated because I am always typing the word “thank” incorrectly. I always seem to have to go back and correct “thanks”. This reminds me…I didn’t think much of spelling either. Oh, how I wish I had paid more attention in school!!!

It may seem that as you and I read the Bible we can tend to overlook some lessons that we may feel don’t apply to us. Perhaps we think the lesson is not one we will ever use. (Careful – never say never!) Or we find a lesson that we feel, with great confidence, we have learned. No need to review, let’s just move on. Or, to use a phrase that is often used these days – we feel it just isn’t relevant. UGH!

There are books of the Bible I prefer over others. There are biblical topics that I like more than others. One may know all there is to know about prophecy but not know how to forgive, encourage or love. We may know how to do “sloppy agape” but never read the prophets. (Those are the pages that are often stuck together in the middle of our Bibles.) As my friend says- “We need to know our Bibles from Genesis to maps”! You never know when you will find yourself in a life lesson and need to recall and put into practice what you have been taught.

Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes,
And I shall keep it to the end
Psalm 119:33

Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
For I believe Your commandments
Psalm 119:66



Written by Kathy Withers: Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.

Think About This: “I’ve discovered an astonishing truth: God is attracted to weaknesses. He can’t resist those who humbly and honestly admit how desperately they need Him.” ― Jim Cymbala

The Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 8-12 | You can download our 2020 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here. 

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. –Psalm 7:17

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.

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