Tender hearted, ©Mark Hewitt 2015
If you had to think about a teacher who has made a lasting impact on you, who comes to mind? Why is it so? What was it about them that gave that lasting impression?
If the first one that comes to mind is negative. Acknowledge who & why then move onto a positive impression.
By ‘teacher’ think wide – anyone who has taken a role of shaping/guiding/educating you. What was it about how they conducted themselves that made such a positive impression?
We are faced with the continual quest to discover what it is like to live with truth in love and with love in truth. The temptation is to take the easy path to be told what to do & think – like a tin man.
Truth though comes from good teachers. A good teacher does not take over and tell you what to do & believe,they guide, inform & allow a struggle towards comprehension, decision & belief.
Jesus teaches, informs, and guides, but the decision is ours. The responsibility is ours.
Mark 1: 21-28 (NRSV)
They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit, throwing him into convulsions and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, ‘What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.’ At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.
We know who you are, Holy One of God,
and yet the idea of recognizing your authority
in our lives often remains deep within us.
Yet, you are more about peace than power,
love than leading.
May your calling grow deeper within
as your Spirit equips
and inspires us in faithful living.
-©Seasons of the Spirit