Your daily devotional by Dag Heward-Mills (1st March, 2016)

Posted: March 1, 2016 in Advice, Bible, Bible Commentary, Career, Christianity, Devotional, Prayer, Public Speaking, Quiet Time, Religion, Words Of Wisdom
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March 01, 2016

TEACHING

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: 2 Timothy 2:1-7

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Proverbs 1:8
 
Lack of teaching locks in or freezes the progress a generation has made in any sphere of life. Humans have both the passion and mental skills to teach each other.

Among monkeys, there is a loss of the achievements and cultural innovations made by a generation. Apes lack the ability to cheer others on which is a basic teacher’s skill. This inhibits their ability to teach each other.

This little thing which is absent in the teaching practices of monkeys causes the great difference between a monkey and a human being. It is what makes us catch them and put them into cages and observe them instead of them catching us and imprisoning us. Perhaps this is why Solomon kept hammering, “My son attend to the words of thy father.” He wanted to pass on the progress, the knowledge, the achievements and the skills acquired by the father. Each generation invents a simple thing. The next generation learns the simple version but then adds on some complexity to it. That is what has created the advanced culture of humans.
There is a big difference between people who learn from history. People who learn from fathers are blessed. People who despise fathers and forerunners cut their own lives short.
They are doomed to a far lower quality of life because they would not receive the knowledge and experiences of the fathers. Human beings who respect history, study biographies and learn from the past are vastly different from those who march on as champions of ignorance.

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