If repetition is the key to learning, then, when it comes to working with young people, keeping a big picture focus is the key to sanity. It’s so easy to get into a rut in which we tire of the repetition necessary to develop students.
- If you’re a parent, you perhaps tire of reminding your child to make his bed or eat his broccoli.
- If you’re a teacher, you perhaps wonder if there will ever be an evening when you don’t have to grade homework.
- If you’re a pastor, you may fight the frustration that tends to come with continually addressing immature crises in the youth or children’s ministries.
Sometimes we need to step back and remember the larger goals we have for our students. Our greatest aspirations for them are much larger than that they make their beds, eat their vegetables, complete their homework, or listen to their Sunday school teachers.
Ultimately, we want our students to enter adulthood with a heart for God and a surrender to His will. As we equip them with the skills to live a faithful Christian life, it is vital that we keep our eyes on the big picture. (more…)