“In teaching, you will learn.” Google says that’s either a Latin proverb or Phil Collins. I’ll let you decide the source today.
This week, I had the opportunity to learn a lot through teaching. I coordinate our child life internship program, and I often get to supervise students as they learn to become child life specialists. It is really one of my favorite parts about my job. On Monday, a patient was having a procedure under sedation. It’s one I like my students to see because not every hospital performs this under anesthesia (Although they should. Another lesson for another day). This particular patient was also having an additional surgical procedure immediately prior, so in order to see the second part, we had to (got to!!) see both! I had never seen a surgery before, and even though it was pretty minor, I was so pumped! My student kept saying “This is just like Grey’s Anatomy!”And it really was. We even had to literally run down stairs and to the locker room to prepare for the OR in time to meet our patient as he rolled through the door. It was a day I won’t ever forget. But had I not had a student on Monday, I wouldn’t have seen it. I got to see in real life what I prepare patients for all the time, and now I feel better equipped to teach future patients. I feel like I become a better child life specialist when I have students. It forces me to explain why I make decisions or why I choose certain words. I practice procedural preparations and rehearse teaching sessions, and the next time I use these skills in real life, I am better because of it. I get to experience the excitement of internship all over again. My students remind me what it was like to see the hospital with fresh eyes.
When I wear my children’s ministry hat, I’m teaching my sweet church kids about Jesus. I get to teach a mini lesson every Sunday morning to equip these little souls with the Gospel. I tell them all the time that I learn so much from them, and I do. They ask questions to make me think. I have to know what I’m saying because I have a lot of little eyes (and the rest of the adult congregation) staring right back at me. I learn the memory verses with them. I review the Bible stories I teach them. And again, I’m better for it.
In the Great Commission, Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV) He commanded us to teach what we learn! God knows exactly how He created us, and here He is, asking us to put it into practice. He knows we will absorb the Bible more when we can teach it to others. Not to mention, it spreads the best news to ever hit the planet earth.
Obviously, we can’t all be teachers with an official title. But we can start small. A lot of you have children or nieces or nephews or friends with kids. Or even just a friend. Pick a verse to memorize together. Tell them about David and Goliath and how God prepared, provided, and protected. Tell them about Noah and what it means to have faith, even when others doubt you or make fun of you. Learn the 10 Commandments together. If you have a friend who is willing, read a book of the Bible together and talk about what you learned or struggled to understand. Bring that excitement of learning into your relationship with Christ. It will feel like VBS every day. Except without all the begging for volunteers and snacks. (Hey- have you registered for VBS yet?? Sign up here!)
I hope you’re enjoying your Saturday. Spend some time with God today and take in this beautiful day He’s made.