Learning For Those Who Don't Like Reading

Learning For Those Who Don't Like Reading

In my recent post, I shared about how reading is a gateway to learning.

But what if, for whatever reason, you don’t like to read?

Here’s good news: There are other ways to learn that don’t require reading.

If you have a teachable heart, God can use many other means to nurture your mind. Here are some of my favorite non-reading ways to learn.

Video learning

Instead of entertainment, why not be educated? Literary classics, instructional classes and even short TED talks can be a great way to learn from others.

Auditory learning

I rarely sit down to read. Instead, I take advantage of the options we have nowadays through technology. When I do this, it transforms ordinary commuting, cooking, chores, walks—any time where I am performing largely automatic tasks—into learning time. We can learn from podcasts from your favorite personalities, sermons from your favorite pastors or listen to audiobooks from your favorite authors.

These are traditional learning venues, but how about these non-traditional methods?

Nature

This is not my preferred method, but I know many who love the outdoors and come back refreshed with new insights. Heaven speaks of His glory (Ps. 19:1), giving us many tangible examples of who He is—so much so that we have no excuse (Rom. 1:20). When you go out on a walk, ask God to open your eyes to His glory so that you might see Him and understand Him better.

Experimentation

This is how my son loved to learn. I do too. I learn by taking an idea and finding ways to put it into practice, trying this and trying that. When there is a problem, I try to see if I can figure out a solution to it or improve it.

Relationships

I believe that God can teach us, if we are willing, through our interactions with just about any person. Rubbing shoulders with people and having meaningful conversations can often enlarges my understanding and views. So as often as I can, I seek to cultivate good relationships with others that can help me grow in Christ.

But don’t overlook those different from you or even the disabled! Despite having Down Syndrome, God has used Anah to teach me so much about the nature of God, the truth about myself, and what it means to walk in faith.

Failure

Not all failure is bad. We can learn from failures—whether poor choices or merely mistakes. Again, having a teachable heart can help us to learn how to improve, avoid, or recognize what is before us and handle it a different way.

Suffering

When our hearts are breaking, we have a rich opportunity to either turn to God or away from Him. There are things I am learning through hardship that I cannot learn any other way. Though painful, suffering can yield great lessons.

The key is this: keep your heart, eyes, and ears open! God is able to use these—and more—to teach those who will listen.

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