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theory and practice

By Sam Cerdena
May 23, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

2 Samuel 2:12-3:39
John 13:1-30
Psalm 119:1-16
Proverbs 15:29-30

As an educator, it is always important for me to make sure my foundational beliefs and theories on learning are so well defined that they inform my practices. The same could and should absolutely be said for me as a parent.

I’ve studied and worked with kids well before my own children entered my life. And to be honest, when that time came I was left in great fear. Not that I wasn’t ready to be a parent (as I knew that I’d never really ever be ready), but because I was afraid my theories in Early Childhood Education would come crashing down when I actually held my own kid in my arms.

It was alway easy telling the parents of my students what I thought they should do. I had books and statistics to throw at them. But when I realized that it was all going to be put to the test in my own home, I was left in shock. I can easily go into details on all the highs and lows, but to make a long story short, I’m glad to say that I still wholeheartedly believe in the very same things (even though it can be hard to actually do). And I owe all of that to Jesus.

Our text in John 13 doesn’t necessarily lay down parental theory, but it does show an amazing example we can follow to lead our children. When Jesus “knew knew that the hour had come for him to leave,” he chose to show his theory by putting it into practice. Jesus modeled humility while washing his disciples feet. This practical example powerfully demonstrated one of the ways Jesus wanted his disciples to continue on after he wasn’t bodily with them. And he still wants the same for and from us.

As I write this piece with my daughter riding my shoulders as I awkwardly sit at my dining table with obscured vision, I’m left to wonder: How can I not just say, but show my kids how to love and live like Jesus. How do I show my spouse? Or how can I show anyone else that I seek to serve?

The answer should come deep from Bible-based theory, and should always be modeled by practice. So let’s all not just say, but do. The people in our lives can absolutely benefit from it. And we can, too.

To memorize:

I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.

— Psalm 119: 11

Prayer to start with: Father, we thank you that instead of just telling us of your love for us, you showed it in the life of Jesus. I pray we may do the same to those we know, love, and seek to serve. May your Son’s humility also inform how we love and serve others, as we seek to not just live, but flourish during these difficult times. We know that this is possible because in you, all things are. We thank you and we love you. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.