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Thursday, July 12th, '18

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WHO ARE YOU LEARNING FROM?

"A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher" (Luke 6:40 NKJV)

 

Monkey see, monkey do, is the primal education instinct. Later in life we learn by hands-on instruction, by the books we read and more positively by buckling down ourselves to study. Learning is not totally by auto-pilot. We all have teachers, mentors. Who are you learning from? Your mentor is a prophecy of your future, choose him wisely. Your mentor will become your tormentor if he doesn't lead aright. Paul told Timothy to "continue in the things which you have learned...knowing from whom you have learned them" (2 Timothy 3:14). Timothy had learned from his mother and grandmother and most importantly from Paul himself.

 

A big red apple and hug goes out to our teachers. First, consider our parental teachers. Dad and Mom's classroom imparted more wisdom and working knowledge than all others combined. Few things top learning to tie one's shoes. Next note our professional teachers, those higher-ups on the work chain. Your boss knows more about the how-to of his company than do you. Follow his instruction; he writes the paycheck. And, we have pastoral teachers. Our pastors find the mind of God for each Sunday and impart, through the anointing of the Spirit, solutions to our problems. That's why we need to be there. Probably most important are our prophetical teachers, those who speak destiny-direction into our lives. Do you have someone who shoots straight with you, holds your feet to the fire, affirms your dreams and lifts you to your highest potential? As William Arthur Ward shared, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires". Inspiration is greater currency than information. Jesus didn't just pass on facts to the disciples. He encouraged, moreover demanded, greatness.

 

Paul claimed to be appointed as "a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher" (2 Timothy 1:11). Preacher and Apostle get a lot more accolades than Teacher. Notice, he mentions teacher last in his list of assignments. But there are last that shall be first. Nicodemus, "the teacher of Israel" (John 3:10), called Jesus, "a teacher come from God" (John 3:2). Even teachers need Teachers! As long as we are teachable we are reachable. Coach John Wooden prodded, "It's whatever you learn after you know it all that counts". A mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is opened up. I thank God for my teachers, mistakes that have been eye-openers and mentors that have been mind-openers. The only thing worse than learning from experience is not learning from experience. Every failure arms us for the chance we get to take the test over again. All things work together for good, even the blunders. One day "your eyes shall see your teachers" (Isaiah 30:20). Faculty and alumnus will meet face-to-face at last. Tassels will be turned, old tussles long forgotten. And we'll be thankful for the toughness then. For my reading teacher, I had a crush. Health teacher made me blush. Librarian made me hush. Track coach made me rush. But all good teachers made me push. Everyone "who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher". The question is, do you have anyone that pushes you anymore?


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