Monday, 14 March 2016
At the age of 46, I learned the Montessori way. The learning environment is carefully planned. A child is given the freedom of choose. Suddenly, this sounds familiar: the environment is like the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve were given freedom of choice.
In a Montessori learning environment, the child chooses the material that he wants to work with. He works independently. He is able to self-check and self-correct. A Montessori Directress does not correct a child’s mistake as soon as she sees it. Instead, she watches and waits for the child to self-correct.
Likewise, God gives us freedom of choice.
He watches and waits for us to self-correct.
Wayne Cordeiro: The other day I circumvented one of my staff leader’s decisions. In other words I had micromanaged him. He was gracious and didn’t say anything, but a day later I was asking the Lord, “God, how am I doing as a leader with respect to my staff?” The Holy Spirit brought this incident to my mind. I knew I needed to talk to this man and ask for his forgiveness. So I did. Forgiveness was asked for and received. The relationship was restored, and we moved forward.
Three stages of spiritual health
Stage 1: the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin via an outside party; then we confess our sin to God. In stage 1, the temptation is to give excuses. But the goal is to agree with God and admit the wrong-doing.
Stage 2: the Holy Spirit illuminates a problem to us directly, and then we confess it. Our conscience feels a twinge and we respond.
Stage 3: we self-correct. We ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts, find sin, and then we confess it. In this stage, we initiate, we ask, we stop by the ocean to talk with God. And God responds. He shows us a sin polyp. It’s something that’s precancerous – dangerous but not yet deadly. Stage 3 is the goal.
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 NIV
Any training process works this way.
My Prayer / Our Prayer
Dear Father God
Your ultimate desire is not to put us on a tight rein. You want us to discern the correct boundaries for living and for relationships, and to follow You by experience and wisdom, not by coercion and whip.
Lord, as soon as I cross any line that I shouldn’t, please school me back immediately. Do not let me stray a foot or two past it; even at one centimeter, even though unintentional, please intervene. I’m not asking for a tight rein. I’m asking for a sensitive heart.
In Jesus’ precious name I pray.
Wayne Cordeiro: More detrimental than what I do is what I tolerate. Although I want to avoid the slips, should I err, I can repent. However, if I begin to tolerate error, I will be duped into thinking that repentance is not necessary. That’s when deception sets down its roots. It’s not what a leader or a parent does that can be most detrimental. It is what a leader or parent tolerates …
Lam Yee Ling
Kingdom Life: Follow the leading of the Lord; Listen to the Lord’s voice; Follow the way of the Lord. The Lord will guide us always. (Isaiah 58:11)