• Michelle Burkhardt

Christ Keys


Finding something wholesome to watch on television has been a challenge lately. For instance, I start to watch a program, and although it basically seems acceptable at first (For me, I am trying to pretend that Christ is sitting on the couch next to me, and if He does not want to watch it, then, neither do I), a few episodes later, I recognize it is not going in the direction that I want to follow.


Thus, when I saw a post on Facebook about a show that even mentions God, I just had to check it out. I have been watching “When Calls the Heart”. It is a program based on an old-time mining town where a teacher ventures away from her prestigious life to follow her heart and work with children from Coal Valley (rated: TV-G).

During one of the episodes, Elizabeth is writing in her personal journal, and she reflects how the children are teaching her with “educational keys”. Keys to unlock something in each of them. I wrote down her words for I felt the Holy Spirit prompt me to apply this thought process to one’s spiritual education for this blog. In other words, we have Christ Keys that can unlock our spiritual journey in a similar way to how Elizabeth’s “educational keys” were unlocking the children’s minds.


To explain, when we become a believer, the Holy Spirit knows our learning style. He knows who needs to be pushed and challenged with a faster pace of Godly lessons while others will need more time and patience. Specifically, with the latter learner, He works in the person’s life at a slower pace as to not overwhelm him or her. I am an example of this type of learner for when I was 22 years old, I accepted Christ during one of my pre-marital counseling sessions. There were many things that needed changing in my life. Yet, God knew that if He pointed ALL of them out at once, I would have had a nervous breakdown. I am not a Saul to Paul kind of believer; I am more like a Peter-some lessons had to be learned over time and with mistakes.


Furthermore, in education, there are several types of learning styles: Visual Learners, Auditory Learners and Kinesthetic Learners. While all three are beneficial to my learning, I find that I am more of combination of Visual and Kinesthetic with some Auditory foundations. What type of learner are you?


With these same learning concepts, we can learn how to enhance our spiritual growth. Thus, the Christ Keys to unlock Visual learners: church attendance; reading the Bible, devotionals and my blog 😉; or join a community/small group. Christ Keys for Auditory learners: listen to praise and worship music; tune in to a podcast sermon; and pray out loud. Finally, Christ Keys for Kinesthetic learners: teach others (Sunday School or a Bible Study); volunteer; make a meal for someone in need; send a card of encouragement; or support a ministry financially.


There are so many other ways to unlock your spiritual journey with Christ Keys. Remember, the Holy Spirit is your guide: “When He Calls Your Heart”, He becomes your Perfect Teacher!



https://teach.com/what/teachers-know/learning-styles/

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