Teaching Through Parables

“Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 

Mark 4:13

Teaching through parables.

Parables are the way Jesus (the best teacher that ever walked this earth) taught everything.  

What is a parable? Simply put, it’s a story that you use to teach a lesson.  

Why did Jesus teach only in parables?  A lot of people think that it was so people would not be able to understand.  The truth is that people understand better when you teach through stories and Jesus knew that.  

He wasn’t trying to hide things he was trying to get everyone to understand the love God has for everyone.  

Take a moment and think back on when you last taught someone, did you use a parable?  Did they receive the information well or was it hard to understand?  

You might not know this about me, but I do a lot of teaching in my career.  I almost always use parables to teach because it simplifies what I’m teaching. I mean, who really wants to learn about federal regulations in the transportation sector.  So to help my clients have a better understanding, I use stories to help make the regulations understandable.  

Prayer

 

Lord, we come to you today to say thank you.  Thank you for giving us the tools that we need to accomplish your will.  Thank you for allowing us to teach your word.  Thank you for allowing us to live in a country where we can worship you openly.  Thank you for having your son teach us using parables so we understand your teaching more easily.  Today God we ask that you grant us the wisdom to fully understand the parables that your son taught many years ago. We ask that you help us to teach others using parables that are easy to understand.  Lord thank you for everything that you give unto us every day. 

Amen

Will you pray with us?

Mankind throughout the world throughout our current situation

All Law enforcement and emergency response personnel

For all military personal serving our country and their families

Those in Leadership positions throughout the world

Prayer

Lord, today we come to you with HAPPY hearts.  We are so grateful that you give us the opportunity to change the lives of those around us.  We are grateful that you give us the wisdom to change our lives and the lives of those around us.  And you make it so simple. We can do it with a single smile. God today I would ask that you help us to smile more. The next time we see someone down, help us to smile for them. The next time we are down, help us to remember that you gave us the best gift ever. The ability to know you, your son, and the holy spirit. God, we are so grateful for everything you give us.

We ask all these things in your Precious Son's Name

Amen

A Little More

 The other day I got a call from one of our clients.

I love talking to our clients so I always smile when I answer the phone.

“Hey Dan, one of my drivers is pulled over and they are saying that our permit doesn’t cover what we weigh. Isn’t that why we hire your team to make sure that these things don’t happen!”

My smile immediately vanished.

I was shocked because my team is amazing. and it’s not like them to miss something like 20,000 lbs on a permit.

So, I asked him, “Who have you been working with, and who was the one who called our team to get the permit?” 

To get to the bottom of the problem I needed the details.

They gave me the details.

My next call was to my team. Then after I got the details I got them started on getting new permits to get the problem fixed. I’m a solutions guy, not an excuses guy.

But I NEED to know the real reason why it happened so that we can fix the issue.

My next call was to the driver so that I could see exactly what happened.

I knew he was going to be upset. He was pulled over and they were going to give him a HUGE ticket. I wouldn’t be happy either.

so……

I made sure not to smile when I made the call.  I had a serious look on my face. As we chatted I learned that he was the person who gave his weight to our team. I asked where he got the weights from and how in the world they were off by over 20K lbs!

That’s when he told me that he might have gotten the wrong scale ticket from the weigh station where he originally weighed.

Immediately my heart leapt with joy, this is NOT our fault!

Now to get the problem resolved and get this driver back on the road was my only goal.  I was not going to assign blame or make anyone feel bad. 

Hey, we all make mistakes. I do it multiple times every single day.

The owner of the company shot me a text. I'm getting permits from the big guys. They won’t make these mistakes that cost me time and $$$$$.

No problem.  Let me know if you need anything. We are here to help.

Well……..

After they called the “BIG Guys” they called me about 30 minutes later.

Hey, we can’t get an Idaho permit until Monday. It’s Friday night. And we need to drop this load off tomorrow afternoon.

I told him that I would NOT make any promises.

But my team went to work!

Guess what????

We got the permits that the “BIG Guys” couldn’t get.

My team had the Idaho permit in less than 20 minutes. For the right weight this time.

Here’s the point of all this.

When things don’t go right, smile. I have taught my whole team this.

That right there is how we got the permits. They smiled as they worked and it didn’t take any time at all.

Ok, there might be a little knowledge that went into this too. Lol

Next time you need anything DOT, don’t call the “Big Guys” , call the team who can get it done!

Dan Greer