This Series started out to be something totally different than what is being presented here as the final project, which for one thing has made a delay in getting it published. The concept for the original approach, which this Series is developed as a basis, and goal were striking opposed to me personally – making it even more difficult to grasp. Finally, after revisiting it several times over, just threw my hands up, walking away from it to work on another Series project and work on a few graphics ideas. Then is dawned on me, the exact same challenge that was being had myself, was the one being committed by the original writer – it is all in the approach.
Am certain that sparked some interest into what that means… The original writing developed a list of things that they wanted to make sure to teach, which were all good things, but the direction in which they were developed was this:
good manners “worldly concept” > make application in the Bible or attribute to a famous author by way of quote.
Doesn’t seem all that harmful does it? We normally would see that in teaching a young mind or even an immature mind a concept, we would take that concept, explain it, then go to the Bible to show it to them. Harmless, right? If we take the approach of “let’s see what God’s Word says about that…” it would be deemed appropriate, but what was actually found was finding that the author went from translation to translation and outside of the bounds of God’s Word to “find” whatever would fit the definition of what they were making application of for the lesson. The pick and choose method is a dangerous, slippery slope that can present seemingly small items into very large miscommunications from God’s Word.
Admittedly, I am not the average person, ANYONE that knows me would probably have a story or two to tell anyone who’d listen about that… but, here is one thing that I do know – when one goes to twist the Word of God to make a point, it is no longer about God, but rather the person doing the twisting. God does not have to twist, He merely points.
My approach was to put down the wording, definitions and verses used to support the list that peaked my interest – back up and ask God the Father to help me gain the RIGHT perspective for why He had me doing this very Series. The lesson had to be given to me first, before there would be any way that it could be shared with others – I knew that, but had a difficult time connecting it together because of that learning step. Now, it makes a WHOLE lot more sense…
This incredible list of twelve (12) Life Lessons take the approach of seeing what God’s Word says, then making application of it in, on, and through our lives – instead of taking a worldly approach and trying to fit God’s Word into the mold of it’s ways, practices and understanding.
List of Lessons
Benefit of Kindness
Value of Hard Work
Power of Self-Control
Gift of Good Manners
Walk of Humility
Blessing of Obedience
Honor of Justice
Strength of Serving Others
Dignity of Serving Others
Courage to Do What is Right
Delight in God’s Word
Unfailing Love of Christ
Once the direction challenge was discovered, a reversal on approach was made and the realization that these are all things that God the Father has ALREADY spoken of in His Word, the task becomes MUCH more simple to share with others. Am afraid though, Christians are so blinded by trying to make application of character trait they want to see in others, that we often forget Who’s Instruction Guide and Rule Book we should be referencing. It does take work, searching and dedication to find the Mind of God on things – but He gave us the Good Book, we need to develop the Good Sense to USE it! Being in His Word every day will change your and my day with every thing we do. Go there first, then teach the lesson, you’ll have the Holy Spirit to help you make the application and God’s FULL AUTHORITY to back it up.
Twelve Lessons For Life | http://delivertheword.com/twelvelessonsforlife
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