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Why we burn to learn with God

By Daniel Francis

This is not the first time I am writing about burning to learn. In my first book, The Millennial Mind, I reference how my generation tends towards this approach.

We sometimes approach uncertain situations and instead of seeking counsel before proceeding we jump into action. Sometimes, we receive counsel but ignore it out of a belief in our ability to succeed by doing it our way.

Whether the reason is arrogance, misplaced pride, or a miscalculation of our abilities, we dive into these situations and are met with a less than satisfactory outcome.

As we grow in our relationship with God, He speaks to us in different ways. Some through prayer, some through divine intervention, or some simply from the silence during a moment in their day.

But sometimes even with God, we decide to burn to learn. We hear His message for us and decide not to follow it. We see Him trying to nudge us in a particular direction and we choose to go in another direction.

We think to ourselves, “Lord, I can handle this,” or “Lord, I hear You but……” then we proceed to justify to ourselves why we should not follow His will for us.

I was speaking with a friend the other day. She was about to go out with a few friends. She was adamant in stating that she thinks she drinks a bit too much and this time she will limit herself to one drink. She hated how she felt when she drank too much, and she believed that God was telling her to rein in her drinking.

She went out and I called her the next day. Unfortunately, from the sound of her voice, I knew she had not stuck to her assertion. She sounded sick as her voice was raspy. I could tell that she was hungover.

She confessed that she had more than one drink. She said that after she bought one drink, she felt like she could handle more. When that thought crossed her mind, she could feel God telling her to refrain but she didn’t. She believed at that moment that she could handle it. She miscalculated her restraint and capacity. Her small show of arrogance against God worked against her as could be seen by her state the next morning.

Yet this is what we do in small and big ways. We know what God is calling us to do or even to refrain from doing but we persist anyway. We justify it however we need to justify it in our heads, and then we pay the price: we get burned.

Lucky for us God is a forgiving God and He knows His flock. He knows that we are flawed and that we will stray from the path. It is for us to learn from our mistakes and do better.

However, when it comes to God we need not burn to learn. He loves us and He wants the best for us so in these moments where we can clearly identify what He wants us to do, we must strip ourselves of our arrogance, misplaced pride, and doubt.

We must be able to put full trust in Him. We must believe that where He is leading us is where we need to be. Any other path will lead to an unsatisfactory outcome.

In my book, I mention that a major reason we burn to learn is that we move around aimlessly because we do not have a full grasp of our purpose. Without a proper grasp of our purpose, it’s easy to second-guess our path in life.

This is another reason we must more readily put our trust in God. Let Him become your compass and lead you to greener pastures. The obvious solution to avoiding the process of burning to learn is to wholeheartedly put your trust in God and His guidance.

Do this and you will find that your path is a blessed one.


Daniel Francis is a millennial helping other millennials. He is a two-time author of the books The Millennial Mind and The Millennial Experience, and an entrepreneur. Over the past four years, he has served as a Personal Development Coach whose work targets Millennials and helps them tap into their full potential. He is also a self-publishing coach and has guided hundreds on self-publishing their book successfully.


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