Who do you seek guidance from? I’m not just talking about God, or the Bible, we should all strive to seek guidance from our Heavenly Father. I mean, who is it that you are trained and educated by? The truth of the matter is, who you seek education and learning from is a crucial decision in your life, and for one simple reason: we tend to think like our teachers. It reminds me of a passage in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
I had the unique fortune of having a very strong and influential Godly man in my early teens. The things he taught me I still use in my life, I consider him one of my chief mentors, a title that I have given very few. That impact makes me ask myself, what happens to people when their mentors lead them to a path away from God, rather than to Him? Suddenly, some of the life choices people make, make more sense.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot, especially with the past few years of political climate. While listening to news sources, and formulating my opinions of the stories, I caught myself and asked: “Is this my opinion, or is this the opinion of these analysts?” It was a question that made me take a hard look at myself, I ultimately concluded that my own opinion was slightly different, but it made me realize something. We are constantly learning from teachers, and the more that we listen to them, the more we act like them.
It’s not a problem to have people train you in life, in fact it’s a necessity, but the trouble begins when the teacher is elevated to a position that they shouldn’t have. This is not too unlike what was happening in Jesus’ time on earth, a time when people were fallowing very pious leaders. Despite how religious and educated these leaders were, Jesus still rebuked them and warned the people against them and their teachings as they led away from God. I feel like that says something. Even people with good intentions, people that are educated, people that have the esteem of the entire community, can be wrong; and that error trickles down to everyone that follows after them.
We all need leaders, teachers, and mentors, but we also need to be aware of who it is that we choose fill those positions, and what they’re teaching us. It’s also important to keep in mind, that no matter who you choose to listen to, our Teacher in Heaven is the one whose teachings we should follow above all others.