I’m linking up with Elizabeth at Words and Wonder again for First Friday Finds. Be sure to visit her site to see the rest of the submissions, or to add your own! All you need is one verse and fifteen minutes. Here’s my September find:
“When we listen with the intent to teach, we learn at a deeper level.”
“When we teach, we gain new insight and our learning expands.”
I received these notes at a leadership workshop yesterday. The points rang true in many ways, including spiritually. My mind jumped to this verse I’d memorized long ago:
When we read the words “to teach” in the leadership notes, or “sharing your faith” in the Bible verse, it’s tempting to think, “I’m not a teacher. I’m not a preacher.” – and then disqualify ourselves from the equation. (Perhaps even with a sigh of relief.)
But look at these:
- “learn at a deeper level”
- “gain new insight”
- “have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ”
I WANT THAT!
When I read that list, it seems like the “how to” would be to go away by myself and study. A lot. Alone. For a long time. (Did I mention ALL BY MYSELF?)
I don’t get much time all by myself during this season of life. If I want time ALONE with Jesus, I have to get up at 5:30 am. (Which I DO. Because, QUIET.) But even that only affords me 45 minutes of solitude, max.
Y’all KNOW I highly value time alone to study my Bible. We absolutely need to regularly carve out time for the Word, worship, and prayer. But, if the way to have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ is to hole up in a room somewhere and study my Bible for hours on end… well, I’m just out of luck. At least for the next decade. And a half.
Praise God, that’s not how He designed this whole deal to work after all. Look at those notes again! Look at what makes the difference:
- “listen with the intent to teach”
- “be active in sharing your faith”
Okay, so, we’re back to the teacher/preacher thing again.
Can I have greater insight and depth of understanding if I’m not a teacher or preacher?
Sorry, y’all. The answer is: NO.
I don’t WANT that to be the answer!!!
But before I hang my head in defeat, maybe I should re-visit my understanding of “teacher” and “preacher.” Perhaps THAT’S what I’ve had all wrong. God, open my eyes and my heart to recognize that I AM, in fact, a teacher. AND a preacher.
As a mother, as a wife, as a neighbor and friend, MY LIFE TEACHES. MY LIFE PREACHES.
And so does yours.
WHAT do our lives teach?
WHAT do our lives preach?
Throughout my days, am I sharing the things of God? His words? His ways?
Yes, of course, we must fill up with God.
But may we remember:
It’s in the SHARING that we find the fullness.