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by Mark Waltenbaugh
Ive got to admit it. Im not big on instructions. I dont really think its an ego problem, or a male trait (at least not all the time!), its just that Im a hands-on learner. Id much rather have one example than 1,000 pages of well planned out and formatted instructions.
Even for those who can read and understand directions well, theres nothing like seeing something done. It simplifies the task and helps us visualize the concept. Lets face it, some things are just hard to learn unless you can see how its done.
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him...
How do you help students know what its like to put yourself at the back of the class when youre their teacher?
You give them an example perform the task in front of their eyes. Better yet, serve the ones whom youre trying to teach. The master teacher used the perfect mode of communication for the message they needed to hear: he showed them. I wonder if the disciples would have understood any other way?
Example. Now thats communication Jesus style!
Father, thank you for sending Jesus so we could reflect on your will lived out in our world through his example. Help us to learn from the examples he left us. Use us in similar ways that others might see you in our service. In Jesus name. Amen.
Author: Mark Waltenbaugh
Publication Date: September 24, 2002
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