Yesterday was an amazing day. I got to take my daughters training wheels off her bike and teach her how to ride a bike. I believe that this must be some kind of rite of passage for fathers. To teach their children how to ride a bike brings about a certain pride. I really don’t know how to describe it. It seems silly to think that I would receive a sense of pride to watch my daughter fall off her bike, but then turn around and get back up again. It is amazing to see my daughter, who is a real girly girl, fall and not cry and keep trying. Then I think to myself, “I taught her to ride her bike.” Just a day later now and she is a pro at riding her bike. She can now start without my help, turning without falling, and getting to enjoy life on a bike. She gets to feel the freedom of the wind blowing in her hair and laugh as she screams, “watch me daddy.” I have experienced a lot of moments of joy, but this one is definitely a top moment.
I think one of the best feelings I got yesterday was the fact that she asked me to teach her. She came to me and said, “Teach me…” When someone asks you to teach them, they are putting a lot of trust in you. They are putting their trust in you to lead and direct their path. One of my greatest fears that I have in life is to lead people down a wrong path. As a minister I believe that all pastors should have this fear. One way I get through this fear is to pray, “Lord, if I am wrong, change my ways. Change my way of thinking and acting. Change what I believe. Teach me the right path that leads to your glory.” Psalm 119:33-34 states this, “LORD, teach me what your statutes are about, and I will guard every part of them. Help me understand so I can guard your instruction and keep it with all my heart.” How many of us pray like this? Lord Teach Me…
Over and over again in the Gospels, Jesus is called Teacher. Jesus is the Great Teacher. As Matthew states it many times, “Jesus traveled throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues. He announced the good news of the kingdom and healed every disease and sickness among the people.” A good and faithful follower of Christ should always ask God, “Teach Me.” We should never lose the thirst and hunger for God’s teaching. One of my favorite examples that the Disciples gave us was when they asked Jesus to Teach them how to pray (Luke 11). By asking God to teach us, we truly show a sign that we have put our complete trust in God. Where are you struggling in your life? In what way does God need to teach you? As the Psalmist says, through God’s teaching our hearts are able to be moved and changed. From our heart comes our actions, re-actions, and thoughts. Our heart guides and leads us. Only a heart transformed can follow Jesus completely. A heart transformed is always asking God, “Teach Me…”
When we follow God, I truly believe that He takes amazing pride in us. Especially when we cry out, “Teach Me…” Yes, we will fail and we will fall, but when we allow God to teach us it will not always be like this. Soon we will be like Anna who falls, but gets back up and tries again and then rides like a pro, all through God’s instruction. When was the last time you turned toward God to teach you? When have you cried out to God for instruction and teaching? We should never forget that we have so much to learn. We have so much to be taught. Remember, God would never teach you if He didn’t believe in you. God believes in you. God has faith in you. When you ask God “teach me,” He will not disappoint. May you never lose your thirst for His teachings. May you find and feel the freedom that comes from His ways and instruction. May you always cry out, “Teach Me…”