- Eyes on the Speaker.
- Mouth Quiet.
- Be Still.
- Hands Free – put things down or away.
One of our elders, Jim Wells, passed these simple yet powerful rules on to me. When students follow these rules, you will have an environment that is very conducive to learning. When they don’t, the classroom will be chaos and learning will be difficult. Of course these rules are more applicable to those who teach children, but any teacher can benefit from them. Whether you are a Sunday School teacher, a Bible Study teacher, a Small Group leader, or something else, work hard to ensure that you create a good environment for learning.
These principles also got me thinking about our relationship with the Lord. If we, as Christians, are not able to be quiet, to be still, and to rid ourselves of distractions, we will have a hard time listening to God. Let me encourage you in the direction of finding space in the midst of your busy schedule for “quiet time” with the Lord. A time where you can feast on His Word, mediate, pray, and listen to what God has to say to you. Obviously, this is a discipline that should be constant, and not just once a day, but I think it starts with having a scheduled time set aside each day to meet with the Lord.
“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he (Jesus) departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Mark 1:35