workin’ on it.

I walked down the hallway, heading to the car.  To my left, in the conference room, a math teacher was working equations on the white board. Two high school students were at a table, asking questions. It’s an after-school tutoring session. They want to understand, he wants to help.

To my right, from a classroom, came the sound of a piano. A student was picking out notes. In my mind, I could see the piano teacher, patiently listening, directing, correcting, approving. It happens over and over in that room, day after day, week after week.

I headed home. On the right, two little league fields. At the first one, a game. At the second one, one tall person tossing a baseball in the air, ten small people with huge gloves on their hands struggling to coordinate eyes looking up, arms held out, feet moving back.

On the left, coming toward me, seven motorcycles, all signaling a left turn with their left hand out. They may have been guys out for a ride, but there was a conformity of gesture that made me think that this was a practice ride of some sort.

Lots of people in lots of groups, all working to get better at basic skills. All getting coaching, having some people with more maturity helping those with less.

There isn’t pride among the coaches, the teachers, the mentors. In fact, there is a humility. They don’t need to review these basic skills for their own sake. They just understand that others won’t get it without help, without direction, without affirmation.

Solomon was clear about the value of learning:

Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

Am we humble enough to learn? Or to teach?

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4 thoughts on “workin’ on it.

  1. Bob

    Thank you for this. Today I am deliberating, praying, working through the fact that I was asked to share an experience I had with people looking to overcome similar challenges. “They just understand that others won’t get it without help, without direction, without affirmation.” I believe my reading this post is the Lord leading me in the direction of helping these people, in spite of the fact that I feel uncomfortable, weak, awkward, scared, vulnerable, … it’s really about humility … something I’ve not considered yet and believe it is the missing piece I needed to say “yes” to sharing my experience. Thank you sincerely for your thoughts today.


    1. Jon Swanson

      thanks, Bob, for your willingness. I’m reminded of Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 1: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God…”


  2. Jenny

    Am I humble enough to learn or to teach? Good question!

    I’m new over at High Calling Blogs. I’m slowly making my way around, introducing myself to my new blog neighbors. So, hello.


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