January 10, 2018
All Are Teachers; All Are Students
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, Hebrews 10:24
How does a family, business, school, congregation, or any group create an atmosphere of caring, compassion, and patience? In a classroom, what the children learn is what the teacher teaches. In a family, the children learn what their parents exemplify. They learn what they see, hear, and experience.
And in some ways, we adults are not much different. Though we are not as impressionable as children and more ably can filter out what needs not to be learned, we are still influenced by the conditioning of what we see and hear every day. Advertisers wouldn’t repeat their commercials if that were not true. Cultural changers, for good or evil, know that change does not happen overnight, only after repeated patterns of actions and words.
We all have influence over others, whether we realize it or not. We can all impact how others act by how we act towards them. We are all “teachers”. Likewise, we are all impacted, in varying degrees, after varying spans of time, by the words we hear, things we see, and the experiences we encounter. We are all “students”. That’s the real world.
Now, the question is, what are you learning? More importantly, what are you teaching?
The video linked below offers possible answers, both good and bad. Its focus is children, but also applies to how adults treat one another, whether in a marriage, family, church, classroom, workplace or anywhere.
May Christ be our means and motivation to be a teacher of caring, compassion, and patience!
.View “Children learn what they live” (2:10): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlQPJTlt-_A then go, and “be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
Bless and be Blessed,