The following originally appeared as an article in The shield
Learning is an essential part of our life. Whether we receive an education on purpose or adapt to unexpected experiences, every day is an opportunity to discover something new, see life from a different angle, or acquire a new skill.
Much has been said about how we all learn differently. This is true. There is no one size fits all. Our minds respond to different stimuli and in different ways. We can learn best by listening or interacting, by being alone or with others, in silence or in motion.
But even the “models” people come up with to support learning can never cover the complexity of us – you and me. There will always be those who don’t fit in one of the “boxes” or who claim that two labels are valid, not one; There will be those who switch between classifications and categories. As much as we try to expand the boxes or create new ones, we will never be able to categorize the full variety of human experiences.
Our uniqueness means that we always have the potential to learn from each otherand also to teach someone else the world from our different points of view.
Our different perspectives and ways of interacting can sometimes turn relationships into a struggle, but they can also make them rewarding – we open ourselves to the possibility of seeing things in new ways; We begin to discover how we can adapt our behavior for the benefit of others. We see a little of what we want to be, not just what we are now.
Discipleship encompasses the ideal of learning from another person with real focus and intention. Jesus said, “Take up my yoke and learn from me.” He freed his listeners from all boxes and labels that religious leaders had placed on them. These were too narrow, too rigid, too burdensome. A yoke is carried by oxen pulling a plow. However, if it is too heavy or poorly seated, the animals cannot work effectively and can even be injured.
“My yoke is simple,” said Jesus. Are we so busy figuring out ourselves that we forget to be still and listen? We neglect to learn from Jesus, who had so much compassion for the tired and tired. Have we hurt each other by burdening one another unnecessarily?
Learning from Jesus should refresh and energize us because we come to someone who knows us for who we arewith all our inclinations and tendencies, with all our hopes and scars. We come to Jesus tired and tired and know that there we will find rest for our souls. In Jesus we learn what it means to be true disciples – and what it means to be human.
(Matthew 11: 28-30)
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