When I was young, I thought adults knew everything. Didn’t they have all the correct answers to life’s questions? I came to that crazy conclusion because they were always correcting me. They knew how I was supposed to behave, and they knew how to work even the most difficult problems on my math assignment.
The older I get, the more distorted that world-view becomes. It seems I know less now than I did when I was eighteen even though I know much more now than I did then. Adults who arrogantly think they have all the answers are not only repulsive, but they also are demonstrating their lack of true knowledge.
Effective adult education was one of Jesus’ talents. He knew how to best teach a lesson to his disciples. He used stories and real-life experiences.
It was a teaching moment on the mountain when Jesus fed the 5000 men in Galilee. He had the disciples assess the situation and the needs of the people, gather their resources (2 fish and 5 loaves), and organize the huge crowd into groups. Then Jesus performed a miracle of multiplying the food to feed the large crowd. He taught the disciples he was the one who provides.
And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. Mark 6:41-42
Am I teachable? Do I study God’s word to gain insight into how to live my life in such a way as to be pleasing to him?
Resolved Day 17: I will be teachable today.