Informal Professors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

John Carmody, The Progressive Pilgrim
“Teaching, like study, is clearly both formal and informal. The parent can lecture as much as the professor. The grandparent can be concerned with the little one’s souls as much as the priest. Even friends and peers are teachers. They push and prod our clay, leave considerable impact on our meaning, our reality. Like it or not, each day we are lectured by a variety of informal professors on the ways of the world, both for good and for bad.”


6 thoughts on “Informal Professors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .”

  1. Many of us have heard from professors such as Pastors and Bible teachers that our lives are living epistles open for all to read (II Cor. 3:2). The quote above makes this practical and clear for me. We write an open letter for those around us each day by what we speak and what we do and how we interact with them. That’s auditory learning, visual learning and hands-on learning. Adding those up, that makes a big impact on another’s learning. What a great responsibility. No one lives a life just onto themselves. That is what this quote makes me think of.

  2. I think our parent(s) are our first teachers. Those of us who have had godly parents, those who followed basic Biblical principles of right from wrong and the consequences of both obedience and disobedience certainly had a head start in society as we matured. The Scriptures say, “train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart”. Maybe we could enlarge upon this and say, even if he depart for a moment, he will return to the “old landmarks” of civil behavior and the lessons of his parents and teachers and spiritual teachings.
    Even those souls who did not have the basic upbringing and modeling of good behavior in their youth, can rejoice in that the Scriptures in Proverbs, Psalms and Ecclesiastes plus much of the New Testament give excellent lessons and counsel on how to conduct ourselves as children of God, how to seek the Lord for the power to change and also how to be, ourselves, good role models for our children and those for whom we are responsible in any capacity.

  3. “Like it or not, each day we are lectured by a variety of informal professors on the ways of the world, both for GOOD and for BAD”.

    Debi’s comment: “That’s auditory learning, visual learning and hands-on learning”.

    After reading this I can only think of a song I used to sing as a little girl, and even as an adult…. to sum up the quote with Debi’s comment.

    “Oh, be careful little
    ears what your hear…
    Oh, be careful little
    eyes, what you see..
    Oh, be careful little
    hands, what you do…….” etc.

    “For the Father up above
    is looking down with love,
    Oh, be careful little…..”etc.

    MG, I need some help with my lyrics here.

  4. “friends and peers are teachers. They push and prod our clay, leave considerable impact on our meaning, our reality.”

    I am very grateful to all of you that prod my clay and keep me from become hard and unusable for God. It is a joy to know that He is still working on me through friends like each of you.

    This quote made me think of this song:
    By: Joel Hemphill

    He’s still working on me to make me what I ought to be.
    It took Him just a week to make the moon and stars,
    The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars.
    How loving and patient He must be, He’s still working on me.

    1. There really ought to be a sign upon the heart,
    Don’t judge her yet, there’s an unfinished part.
    But I’ll be perfect just according to His plan
    Fashioned by the Master’s loving hands.


    2. In the mirror of His Word reflections that I see
    Make me wonder why He never gave up on me.
    He loves me as I am and helps me when I pray
    Remember He’s the Potter, I’m the clay.

  5. Needles, I think you & Sara about covered it. It’s amazing to me when I hear news commentators and entertainment moguls and critics say that the media “does NOT affect our children. They know when something is just a movie and not real” WOW! They are deceiving the public as well as themselves. My little students mimic the music that they hear and watch, the dance moves, the styles, use the vocabulary and many other
    aspects of the TV, movies, video games and NET.
    Yes, there are many “teachers” in this world but Jesus said ‘woe to them who put a stumbling block before these little ones’. When we stand before the Lord Jesus Christ how will we account for our “modeling behavior” for the little ones that Christ speaks of? It won’t be just the ROCK STARS but God’s own people whom HE will hold ACCOUNTABLE. We are to be the true teachers. Are we true?

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