I heard a delightful story yesterday about how a young man had his education rescued by his own grandmother. Allow me just a moment to tell the simple story.
A younger sister told the story of how her older brother was gifted and would finish his entire day's school work in less than two hours, every day. That was not the problem. He was diligent enough to tackle and finish the work, but then he would distract his siblings and get into trouble with his overflow of free time afterwards. Their mother tried to solve the problem in multiple ways, but finally reached out to her own mother-in-law for help. The older matron had been a professional school teacher years before. She promised to take a look and see what she could suggest.
After observing the growing young man in for a week in his pattern of work and run, the grandmother suggested a simple remedy. She recommended that the mother promote him two full grades ahead in his coursework, and then leave him to do any extra work to fill in any missing holes he needed in order to understand the new lessons. Bold!
The younger sister - now an adult with her own family - smiled as she told me how it turned out. "My grandmother was right. My brother finally felt challenged by the material, and he settled down into the work he was given each day. He quit harassing the rest of us, and we all made a lot more progress. My mother was thrilled!"
Sometimes, another perspective is all that we need to help us see outside of our own little boxes.
Blessings! - c
Do ministers need reminders?
What about ministers during the years right after Jesus taught his disciple and appointed his apostles? Do they need reminders?
What about ministers who received hand-written letters written directly to him from the great apostle, Paul? Would they need reminders? Apparently so.
When Paul writes to Timothy (2 Timothy, chapter 1), he reminds him: Fan into flame the gift of God.
When we are 'reminded,' we are prompted to bring something back to mind. Think about these things. Meditate on it. Rehearse it internally. Strengthen the impression that this idea has for you.
And when Paul reminded Timothy of these things, don't you imagine that Paul himself was reminded?
Ideas, when rehearsed, can become patterns. "Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me," says Paul. Patterns, when rehearsed, can become habits.
Blessings! - c