Lifelong Learning and Blogs

It’s easy to get sucked into the world of blogs. There is so much to read out there–and then you’ve got people like me posting something every day. If there are a few blogs that you read regularly, I suggest that you use a blog reader. I started using Bloglines and now I’ve switched to Google Reader. It’s really easy to use. Just look for the RSS feed on a blog that has some really good posts and click on it. Then click on “Add to Google Reader.” (If you don’t have a Google account, just create one and then away you go!)

You can also subscribe by email. All of my posts have a “Subscribe by Email” link on them. Just click on it and you will be able to receive each new post to my blog as an email the next morning. It’s a convenient way to stay current with new posts if you don’t want to use Google Reader or visit my blog directly.

If you read my blog frequently (or any other blog for that matter)–take the time to interact with what you are reading. If it’s good or thought provoking, there are links that allow you to:

+ Post it on your Blog
+ Post in on Facebook
+ Email it to a Friend
+ Post a Link

However, it’s more important that you take some time to think about what you are reading and how it impacts your life. I always try to include a few questions that will lead toward personal application. Recently, I encouraged my friend Louis to consider the following responses to help him continue to learn as he reads my blog:

First – ask yourself: so what?

Then – look for any of the following reactions…

  • “Ah ha!”
  • “On no!”
  • “Duh”
  • “Wow!”
  • “Hmmmm!”

Finally – determine 3-5 actions you need to take in the next two weeks–and let me (or someone) know what you plan to do.

If you are committed to being a lifelong learner, don’t just read blogs and then forget what you’ve read. Let God teach you and transform you as you read.

I’d encourage you to prayerfully ask: “God, what do You want me to do in response to what I’ve read?”

Thoughts?

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Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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