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“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born till the moment you die, is a process of learning.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti

I just read about a 90-year-old Kenyan woman who is proof that education has no age limit. Priscilla, a midwife, is going to primary school for the first time so she can learn to read and write. Because she grew up in an occupied country and lived through Kenya’s struggle for independence, she never received an education. She wears a school uniform and sits on the front row of her class. Priscilla says, “Education is your wealth.”

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Listen

Make an effort to present yourself to God as a tried-and-true worker, who doesn’t need to be ashamed but is one who interprets the message of truth correctly.

2 Timothy 2:15

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Think

I have been a Christian for almost 40 years. You would think I had learned all that I need to know about Jesus, God, faith, and the Bible in 40 years. But NO! I am still learning AMAZING things. Accepting Christ was the starting place on my faith journey. But I am more excited about my faith and about my role in God’s work on this earth than I have ever been.

This faith adventure is so rich for me not only because I have attended church all these years, but also because of the diverse people with whom I have journeyed. I have friends and mentors who challenge the things I have always believed, who say things that send me digging through Scripture to figure out what it means for me. I have countless conversations with people of other traditions and faiths, who share their beliefs and listen when I share my mine. When students ask me questions I don’t know the answers to, I go to the Bible or to my pastors searching for answers.

Ann Whitfield Carter

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Pray

Dear God, put people in my life who make me think, who challenge what I believe, who make me talk about what I believe. Give me the courage to ask questions. Give me wisdom as I seek answers. Help my faith to grow, not through unquestioning belief, but through thoughtful, intentional searching for you. Amen.

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Go

Go out into your day to be a learner
Open your eyes and your ears
Open your mind and your heart
Open your hands
To God’s amazing world
To God’s amazing people
Be surprised by what you discover
And never stop learning

Ann Whitfield Carter

Ann Whitfield Carter serves First Baptist Church of Richmond, Virginia, as the Youth Associate for Middle School. She lives with her husband David, daughters Ellie, Claire, and Mary Wise. Ann enjoys bold coffee, swimming, laughing with her friends, and watching quality TV. She is enjoying her 20th season as a soprano with the Richmond Symphony Chorus.

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