B.B. King once said, “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”
If that is a true statement, then why is it that many times we simply don’t want to learn? Is it because we don’t want to better ourselves or could it be that we simply get used to the ruts of the daily routines that we create for ourselves? That’s an important question to ponder. But, more importantly, why do we not want to pass on to others what we have learned? Think of all of the wisdom and knowledge that we have gained over the course of our lives. Why don’t we want to pass that on to others in order to make a difference in their lives?
When it comes down to it, I think that most of us really do want to learn. We also really want to pass on to others what we have learned. The issue is not with the desire to do these things. The problem lies more in the application of learning and teaching.
This problem of learning often shows itself when we are dealing with children. We want to share with them things that are important to us, but we simply don’t have the energy in the moment or we just don’t know how to start. However, in the moments when we put forth the effort to really communicate with them, the results can be very rewarding.
I had one such experience last night while at my life group. I volunteered to be the kid’s slot (life group kid’s lesson) helper and enjoyed listening to the leader share with the children about the boy in the Bible named Mephibosheth. After letting the children act out the story, each child had the opportunity to make his own Mephibosheth paper puppet so he could tell the story to others. To view one of the children sharing the Bible story with his puppet, click on the following link:
*Clip used with permission of the boy’s parents