Discipleship in Action?

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

 
Hmm… well, maybe you should check out the video first and then I can comment.
 
 

 
 
As you can tell, here is a guy trying to teach the world how to use chopsticks. Now, it really doesn’t matter to me that this person is from the lighter hue (a.k.a. Caucasian), but I guess what is important is that he is trying to apply a principle in life.

There are probably a lot people that do not know how to use chopsticks outside of the Asian world (even though there are more people who are trying to be cultured and trying to learn); therefore as he is traveling around Vietnam, he probably realized that it might be important for people to learn (especially his friend who is filming).

So they decide to make a video to teach people (the internet world) how to use chopsticks.

Here are some observations:

1) Step-by-step. It is always helpful to teach someone how to do something by going through it with them step-by-step. This applies not only to learning how to use chopsticks but a lot of things in life. This is why the life-on-life principle that we teach at HMCC is very important. When you have someone walking with you and teaching you step-by-step about ministry or a Christ-centered life then, it makes things easier.

2) How we learn is how we are going to teach others. Now for all the professional chopstick users out there, you would have probably noticed the form was not quite exact. Officially, the first chopstick was supposed to rest in between the middle finger and the ring finger. Instead, he had it rest in between the pinky finger and the ring finger (check out the video again if you need to). The person in the video was probably taught by someone else and there is a good likelihood that this was the formed he learned or he could have just adjusted (adapted) the form so that it suited his style or comfort more. Either way, the form was not precise. But does it need to be? As long as it works for him and others, I guess it is ok, right? Regardless, the important point is that we can never take a person to a place where we have never gone before. Whatever we have learned and experienced is what we will be able to teach to others. This includes all the good and the bad; therefore it is a good challenge for us to keep on growing and reaching higher levels.

3) What we do is what people learn. Along with the second point, it is important to know that the people we are trying to train will always learn things from us, as they observe our lives. Often times the old adage is correct: “People learn more from what we do, than what we say.” Therefore, the question we should always be asking ourselves is, “Am I becoming the kind of person, we want this person to become?” If not, we need to change and also point them to the Perfect Example.

 
 
Lastly, I just thought it was interesting that there were six other people sitting around the table and five of them were Vietnamese. Why didn’t the film dude ask one of the Vietnamese people to teach how to correctly use the chopsticks? If you look carefully, the lady on the right of the guy who was teaching in the video was using the chopsticks correctly.