He begins with the following description:
There we were at the menâ€™s breakfast. The biscuits, grits, eggs, and bacon were quickly devoured. Our attention turned to the group facilitator who began the morning discussion. He began by explaining his joy over menâ€™s ministry and then asked the rest of us for suggestions about what our purpose should be. Many piped up with â€œcommunity service projects,â€ â€œevangelism,â€ and â€œBible study.â€ To my surprise, an earnest debate ensued. One man argued, â€œWe should not seek to serve until we have had enough teaching.â€ Sadly, he won the discussion. His logic was that the men were not ready to serve yet. What they lacked was adequate teaching. Silently I marvelled. How could Sunday morning Sunday school, Sunday morning sermons, Sunday night sermons, and Wednesday night Bible study not be enough teaching? As the weeks progressed, the menâ€™s breakfast quickly fizzled and then completely died.
Then he continues with this observation:
I think the solution is quite different. I think the best lessons are learned, not in the classroom, but in the trenches, with sleeves rolled up, hands dirty, and back sore. Those men at the morning breakfast could have had innumerable teaching times, about love, service, etc, or they could have chosen to DO, to love, to serve. Sure, they would have made a ton of mistakes and realized their lack of love, but isnâ€™t that the point? Donâ€™t we learn best by doing?
I think that Andy is learning a lesson that I’m learning as well: people primarily learn by doing. So, separating “learning” from “serving” actually decreasing learning.
Do you want people to learn about the love of God? Then take them with you as you demonstrate that love to others. It really is that simple… and that difficult.