Doing others work for them doesn’t always help

August 4th, 2015

One of the things I have stopped doing recently is doing others work for them. By this I mean doing things for others that they should be doing for their own growth.

When we homeschooled our kids I was often their calculator. They would ask “Dad, what is 25 x 17?” I would say 425. Numbers just come naturally to me so it was easy.

I used to do the same for people with the Bible. People would say where does it talk about using your gifts for the good of others. I would say 1 Peter 4:10. I was everyones concordance too.

The problem with being helpful in this way meant I was not allowing them to do their own work. The work that would help them learn and grow themselves.

Rather than being helpful I was actually robbing them of the chance to build their own “muscles” in the maths and Bible fields.

Once I realised my being helpful was not actually helping them long term, my way of answering changed. Rather than saying 425 for the maths question I would say about 400 I think.

The same goes for the Bible. I would say it is in 1 Peter I think, you will have to have a look. I pointed them in the right direction so they could look it up themselves.

It has been good to see others do their own work in this way. It has helped them to grow and learn for themselves.

The only downside is I don’t feel like a brainiac, but I can live with that to see others grow 😉

God Bless,


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