Ever heard of the Tennessee Walkers? They are champion horses trained by linking a young horse with an elder, so that, in walking together the gait of the younger is perfected by the gait of the elder.
This is the clearest picture of discipleship I’ve ever seen. It is exactly what Jesus did with the fishermen he drafted for his contingency. They ate together. They fished together. They prayed together. They ministered together.
All the while he was observing their behavior as they were observing his. He was teaching them along the way as they traveled together for three years. Sometimes he was encouraged by their progress. “Flesh and blood has not revealed this unto you,” he commended Peter after his declaration that Jesus is indeed the Christ, the Son of the Living God. (Matthew 16:17)
Other times, not so much. “Have I been so long time with you and still you know me not,” Jesus chided Phillip in response to his question, “We don’t know where you’re going, how can we know the way?” (John 14:9)
It’s  a snapshot of the ups and downs of discipline and is a perfect parenting style as well.
That’s why homeschooling is so successful when done correctly. This model makes every minute a teachable moment and it works because it happens within the relationship journey and it sticks because it has relationship markers for memory. {Excerpted from Keep Walking in Prayer…until you can’t come back.}


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