2/14/2009

Important Thoughts #15...

It's been a while since I've posted one of these. But something that I heard yesterday has been ringing in my head ever since. And that's usually when I know that something is worthy of being an Important Thought...

With the oscars coming up soon, I've tried to see all of the best picture nominees. Yesterday, I saw The Reader starring Kate Winslet. Not only is it nominated for Best Picture, but Kate Winslet is nominated for Best Actress for her role as Hannah Schmitz. (Rather than trying to summarize the story here, I'll just let you check out the trailer at the link above.)

In one scene in the movie, the lead male character, Michael Berg, is sitting in his law classroom talking with his professor. And it's a line that the professor speaks that has stuck with me...

"If people like you don't learn from what happened to people like me, then what the hell is the point of anything?"

I've been serving in ministry for a long time. And one of the things that brings me the most joy and fulfillment is teaching others about God. And I think one of the reasons I love it so much is that I love to learn. I love to gain understanding of God and the world from other people. (I wish I did it more often, so that I could save myself the trouble that comes from learning the hard way.) And then, I love communicating what I've learned to others.

One thing that I often say while teaching is that being a teacher doesn't mean that I'm any smarter, holier, or better than my students. It just means that I've been around longer to make more mistakes, learn from them, and try to help others to not repeat my folly.

So I suppose that this line speaks to me at such a deep level because I'm both a teacher and a student. And I hope and pray I'll always remain both...

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