Don’t Teach by Telling but by Showing
Ed, my neighbor next door, says that you should never tell a person how to do something. Show the person how to do it instead, and then watch him do it on his own. If he can do it on his own, he has learned something; if he cannot do it on his own, then show him how to do again. I asked Ed how many times that he would show me how to drive his new combine next summer? “Not even once,” he answered, “the combine is too valuable to let you learn to drive it. You might wreck it.”
I wasn’t sad that Ed doesn’t trust me enough to teach me how to drive his combine. I guess we all decide if and how much we will teach someone else. If Ed wanted to preach a sermon, I wouldn’t trust him in the pulpit as I’d be afraid that he would trash the word of God.