I went to a workshop this weekend on writing suspense held by Florida Sisters in Crime. Why, you might ask, do I still attend conferences and go to workshops? After all, I’m a multi-published author. It’s because there are always ways to improve.
There are several areas I’d like to grow in. Of course my grammar. I know I have a lot of room to learn in that area. Also, I’d like to ramp up my suspense. If the reader isn’t sitting on the edge of their seat, I haven’t done my job.
God also wants us to continue to learn. He wants us to read our Bible daily. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 reads, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. In order to get God’s word into your mind, you must read it constantly. Then if something happens, a verse will automatically pop into your head to help protect you from Satan or comfort you.
Learning is an ongoing process. How many of us barely remember any of the mathematics taught in school? Or science? That is why you need to read the Bible every day. If you don’t, you will forget portions of God’s word that help get you through struggles. Verses will also keep you from committing sin.
It’s easy to be sinful when you don’t have a reminder as to what is right and wrong in your daily life. However, reading the Bible informs you how God wants you to behave. The Bible is a guide of how we are to live our lives.
There is no way to possibly know everything the Bible has to say by reading it once or even twice. I know when I reread the Bible, I learn something new every time.
In this world, with new technology, we are constantly learning something new. Now is not the time to become complacent. And reading and learning keeps our minds sharp so the older we get, the less likely we are to develop things like Alzheimer’s. Reading the Bible will not only help with spiritual growth, but when bad things happen, you’ll have an emotional guide as well.
Have you been taking any classes lately? What is the last thing you learned in the way of technology or for your job? How does it make you feel when you learn something new? Please share with me. I’d love to hear from you.