An engineer needs a plan, a perspective, on how a house would look like, before he starts building it.
A traveler has to be specific where he wants to go and what he wants to see, before he starts traveling. He first lays out a plan how to get there and learns the details on the mode of transportation and all possible routes, before he goes his way.
BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND.
What is your purpose?
Why are you here?
What is your conviction?
When you are convicted, you will find the tool.
Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
What is a light?
LIGHT (according to Merriam-Webster) is:
– something that makes vision possible
– something that enlightens or informs
– a noteworthy person in a particular place or field
I. What are the purposes of light?
A. To guide the way
B. To show the right path
C. To reveal the danger along the way like blocks, pot holes, and even people that mean to harm
D. To give confidence
E.To give hope
THAT IS YOUR PURPOSE!
To be the light in the Learning Center.
II. The strategy.
A. Know your student.
- Are they saved?
- What are their values and beliefs?
Don’t aim for their behavior.
If we are only interested in the behavior of our students, we will only see culture.
Education is impacting the core – ENCULTURATION.
If what we teach does not reach and impact the core, it will not produce true transformation.
When things change in the core, they will inevitably change on the surface as a result.
This is when we make permanent change in the child!
B. Love your student unconditionally.
- Four types of love in the Bible:
a. Agape – God’s love for humankind (the highest of the four types of love which defines God’s immeasurable and incomparable love for humankind)
b. Phileo – brotherly love that unites believers (emotional bond seen in deep friendships)
c. Storge – familial love (affectionate bond that develops naturally between family members)
d. Eros – physical or romantic love (sexual in nature)
- Force yourself in God’s economy. Agape as foundation for all professional and productive relationships.
- Teach children to be and not just to do.
C. Love yourself – Mark 12:28-30
- Love for God should come first in our heart.
- The second great commandment is: You must love your neighbor.
- Although the Bible does not include a specific command to love yourself, the command to “Love your neighbor as yourself” indicates that a reasonable degree of self-love and self-respect is normal and beneficial. The Lord Jesus Christ himself showed love to himself by taking time to rest, eat, and enjoy association with his followers and disciples. (Mark 6:31-32; Luke 5:29; John 2:1-2; John 12:2)
III. Trust God to take our efforts and do His work.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy path.” – Proverbs 3:5-6