How will you learn?
Pastor Mark Jeske

All education involves change. It changes the amount of data in your brain, changes your opinions, changes your perspectives and points of view, changes your behaviors, and changes your relationships. I have concluded that there are only two ways to learn: through words and through pain.

Children are great absorbers and great learners, but they have limits to how much they will accept through talk. You might consider a spanking an experiential learning opportunity for them, or as Ricky Ricardo might have said, “Now I get it, since you ’splained it to me.”

God’s preference is to educate us through words, especially his Word, but he has other means at his disposal. You’ve probably heard me refer to “God’s two-by-four” when people go through hardships brought on by their bad choices. “He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded” (Proverbs 13:13). This is as true of 50-year-olds as it is of 5-year-olds. Thus not all pain is bad—if it helps people see more clearly or repent more sincerely, it is totally worth it.

When you study the Ten Commandments, for example, do you see them as annoying restrictions on your freedom of movement and pursuit of personal fulfillment, or do you see them as God’s profoundly loving principles that bring a happy life and a healthy community?


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