Teach Me to Speak– Teach Me to Listen

Our lives have to show a real love for our Savior so that Christianity doesn’t become just something that we do because it seems good. We must hold tight to their hand and lead them home. We’ve got the roadmap, remember? 

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This year, I’ve realized how the world is so much bigger than just my generation. My grandfather passed away. This was the first time I’ve experienced the grief of death. A new baby was born from my generation and it just doesn’t seem like we’ve been here long enough for such. We were the new kids on the block and now they’re saying we’re the experienced ones who have to show the other kids the way around. We have the roadmap in our head and we’ve got to walk them home. No-ones holding our hand guiding us anymore. But they are holding our hand following us.

 

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Nearly the most important thing a person learns is a language to communicate with their surroundings. When one begins to teach a language, the student must already have experienced that language in some way. Children pick up a language by watching and listening to someone else use that language. They need the basics before they can communicate enough to excel in speaking and listening effectively.

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Why is it hard to learn spiritual communication? Why is it, often times, difficult to pray? Why does talking to God seem foreign to us, like a language we’ve never learned to speak? I think it is because the basis of our language learning is observing others communicate in that language, and we don’t always get that initial introduction. We skip straight to the grammar and spelling books when we haven’t yet learned the alphabet. We fumble through digging deeper into understanding great volumes of theology before we learn to speak to God in fragments and simple sentences.

But why are we so compelled to launch into those harder things first? Maybe the observing stage goes undone because it’s awfully hard to observe anymore. 

 

I’ve been studying Spanish, but I’ve only read the textbook and I’ve done it by myself. I haven’t listened to how people annunciate their words in Spanish. I never watch their body language in approaching a situation. I’ve never picked up on how to communicate in a real setting. As a result, I cannot communicate, in Spanish past a little bit of head knowledge that is probably used incorrectly anyway. 

This happens in the language of prayer. While we should not pray to be seen, we should be seen praying. This is such an important factor in the spiritual education of our children. This is the first steps in learning how to communicate. Observation. 

How does one know how to worship if they’ve never seen what worship looks like? We must position ourselves for a miracle so that those who don’t know how to kneel at the feet of Jesus will learn. We have to set disciplines in our prayer life or they will never know that discipline is a necessary factor in consistent prayer. Reading the Bible, listening to God speak, has to be in our daily routine as their example. Our lives have to show a real love for our Savior so that Christianity doesn’t become just something that we do because it seems good. We must hold tight to their hand and lead them home. We’ve got the roadmap, remember? 

Remind them it’s ok to speak in broken sentences when the meaning behind them is communicated real and raw. It’s alright if we don’t have every detail figured out. Let them know it takes trust and hard work, but it is worthwhile. 

We have to teach them the lingua franca of God. We must show them how to listen to and speak with Him. It’s a language all it’s own.

 

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“In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,” –Titus 2:7

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“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” –1 Timothy 4:12

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” Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” –Matthew 5:14-16

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” …being examples to the flock.” -1 Peter 5:3

 

Leading beside you, 

Olivia Fortner

|ACTS 17:16-34|

(This post is scripture and goes with another post titled “Declare Unto Them God”)

 

16) Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, 

his spirit was stirred in him,

when he saw the city

wholly given to idolatry.

17) Therefore disputed he in

the synagogue with the Jews,

and with the devout persons,

and in the market daily

with them that met with him.

18) Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans,

and of the Stoicks, encountered him.

And some said, What will this babbler say?

other some, He seemeth to be

a setter forth of strange gods:

because he preached unto them

Jesus, and the resurrection.

19) And they took him,

and brought him unto Areopagus,

saying, May we know what

this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?

20) For thou bringest certain

strange things to our ears:

we would know therefore

what these things mean.

21) (For all the Athenians and strangers

which were there spent their

time in nothing else,

but either to tell, or to hear

some new thing.)

22) Then Paul stood in the

midst of Mars’ hill,

and said, Ye men of Athens,

I perceive that in all things

ye are too superstitious.

23) For as I passed by, and beheld

your devotions,

I found an altar with this inscription, 

TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.

Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship,

him declare I unto you.

24) God that made the world

and all things therein,

seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth,

dwelleth not in temples

made with hands;

25) Neither is worshipped

with men’s hands,

as though he needed any thing,

seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

26) And hath made of one blood

all nations of men for to dwell on

all the face of the earth,

and hath determined the

times before appointed,

and the bounds of their habitation;

27) That they should seek the Lord,

if haply they might feel after him, and find him,

though he be not far from every one of us:

28) For in him we live, and move,

and have our being; as certain also of

your own poets have said,

For we are also his offspring.

29) Forasmuch then as we are the

offspring of God, we ought not

to think that

the Godhead is like unto

gold, or silver, or stone, graven by

art and man’s device.

30) And the times of this ignorance

God winked at; but now commandeth

all men every where to repent:

31) Because he hath appointed

a day, in the which he will judge

the world in righteousness

by that man whom he hath ordained;

whereof he hath given assurance

unto all men, in that he hath

raised him from the dead.

32) And when they heard of the

resurrection of the dead, some mocked:

and others said, We will hear thee

again of this matter.

33) So Paul departed from among them.

34) Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: 

 

ACTS 17:16-34 King James Version

 

Olivia Fortner