Ten Life-Changing Life Lessons

The month of June is a season when school graduations fill the calendar and commencement speeches fill the air. The month of June is a time to recount course-work experienced and to reflect on lessons learned.

Twice in the New Testament, Mark 10:51 and John 20:16, Jesus of Nazareth is called “Rabboni,” which, in Hebrew, means “respected teacher.” Throughout his earthly ministry, Jesus teaches radical life-changing lessons and models how humankind is called to live.

In the 1st Century, Jesus offers life-changing life lessons that endure to this day: Love God above all others. Pray for your enemies. Forgive those who wrong you.

In the 21st Century, other “respected teachers” offer life lessons that may be similarly life-changing. One of these respected teachers was Andy Rooney, an American radio and television writer best known for his weekly broadcast “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney.” From 1978 to 2011, Andy Rooney appeared on the closing segment of the CBS News program, 60 Minutes. Rooney’s final regular appearance on 60 Minutes aired on October 2, 2011. He died one month later, on November 4, 2011, at age 92.

The following are ten life lessons that, for Andy Rooney, were life-changing:
1. I’ve learned that love, not time, heals wounds.
2. I’ve learned that I can always pray for people when I don’t have the strength
to help them in any other way.
3. I’ve learned that, when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock
elsewhere.
4. I’ve learned that brief moments of daily serendipity make life so memorable.
5. I’ve learned that, while many want to live on top of the mountain, meaning is
found as you’re climbing it.
6. I’ve learned that a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
7. I’ve learned that, no matter how serious life requires one to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
8. I’ve learned that money doesn’t buy class.
9. I’ve learned that to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
10. I’ve learned that the best way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people who are
smarter than I am.

Whoever are our respected teachers, may each of us learn and apply life-changing lessons, today and always.

Beside you in the journey of faith,
Rev. Barbara