After a hiatus from school for ten long years, I recently found myself stepping back into the world of learning in a classroom with grades, homework, and all of it. This time, it isn’t just any old easy subject; it is a journey back into the ancient language of Biblical Hebrew. As I embark on this new adventure, I can’t help but reflect on the beauty of starting something new and challenging.
The Nerves and the Thrill:
Starting something new is always a mixed bag of emotions. There’s the excitement of the unknown, the anticipation of growth, and the satisfaction of challenging oneself. However, there’s also that flutter of nerves, a whisper of doubt asking, “Can I do this?” The first class was a blend of these feelings. As the instructor introduced the Hebrew Alefbet, my heart pounded with both anticipation and a bit of apprehension. But isn’t that the essence of new beginnings? Stepping into the unknown takes courage, and it invites us to see our potential.
The Joy of Learning:
Learning is a lifelong pursuit, and certainly, I have been a student in many ways since the last time I was formally in school. I have had the joy of learning what it means to be a mom, how to have a successful garden, and even the joy of learning how to play pickleball. It’s easy to settle into routines and comfort zones, but stepping into uncharted territory reignites our sense of wonder. My hope is that taking Hebrew will remind me of the joy of learning something totally new while using this skill to deepen my love of the biblical text and how it shapes our lives together.
Importance of Trying New Things:
Trying new things keeps life interesting. Embracing challenges keeps our minds sharp, boosts creativity, and helps us develop resilience. When we try new things, we rub up against our perfectionist tendencies… because we will make mistakes, and that can be hard to swallow. But mistakes are ok! A Broad Streeter who knows me and my perfectionist tendencies well recently reminded me, it’s ok to get a B … or even a C, don’t stress out going for the A, you have a full life so keep things balanced. I am trying to embrace that model of learning: learn, explore, and be a “good enough” student. Just try something new!
So as I start this journey of learning Hebrew, as a step in my ordination process, I’m reminded that life’s journey has many chapters and I am excited for this chapter of being a student again, homework and all. So, here’s to the thrill of starting something new and to the excitement of discovering the beauty in every challenge.
P.S. – Please pray for me!
What is something new you have learned recently or something you want to learn?
-Written by Brittany Porch
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