“What can we learn?” This is a really powerful question that focuses on hope and possibility. Developing the habit of asking this key question enables us to maintain a hope-filled, growth orientated approach in times of success and challenge. In times of success it helps us to maintain momentum and build on the success by identifying contributing factors. In times of challenge, we move beyond the fight or flight section of our brains and engage in thinking. We learn most when we make mistakes. Growing this habit of recognising our mistakes and seeing it as an opportunity to learn, enables us to negotiate life calmly and purposefully. In relationships at home, at school and at work, asking and answering this question together, shifts people from blame and inaction to collaborative action for improvement. Through exploring and acting on this question together, relationships are strengthened, and better futures are built.
God invites us to grow and learn through all the circumstances in life. His grace speaks most strongly to us in times where mistakes are made. Learning how to accept God’s forgiveness, forgive ourselves and others and to learn from our shared experience is at the core of living a grace filled life. God invites us to come into relationship with Him through reflecting on the stories within the Bible and asking the question, “What can we learn?”. Rather than giving us a list of instructions, God invites us to think and learn as we engage with these stories. The stories speak differently to us in our varying circumstances as we grow. God’s promise of love and forgiveness is a powerful source of hope.