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By: Curtis Schofield, Spiritual Insight


Recently the student protests in the streets against the leaders of Wall Street has the attention of many people around the world. As related to the student protests, I was listening to a well–known writer, who has a regular article published by many daily newspapers. He was being interviewed about how teachers can make a significant contribution to a student’s future success. He shared about how in his early years one of his professors at Harvard University taught him the importance of using projected consequences as a way to evaluate the credibility of proposed ideas and projects. 

For example, at 22–years–old he was really committed to a student plan of action to help solve some of the social problems on the university campus and also for the greater society. His professor guided him in his research and approved his outline. Then his professor insisted that he write a paper, using his own ideas, supported by facts. The professor also insisted that his paper conclude with a proposed plan of action.

When he presented the paper and the plan before the professor’s class, his fellow students were very complimentary. Their response made him think, “I am genuine, the real thing.” The professor also affirmed his work. Then the teacher immediately followed the class evaluation of the student’s proposal by giving him a second assignment: “Thomas, I want you to write a follow up to your theory and proposed solution action plan. The follow up paper must include in detail the possible short term and the long-term consequences of every action you have proposed. When it is finished, I want you to share your evaluation with the class.”

The famous writer shared with a national TV audience how following the guidance of his teacher to project all the possible consequences of his proposal took the “shine” off his proposed project.

Biblical Guide: A successful businessman said to himself: “Soul, you have much goods ‘put aside’ for many years; now enjoy life; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” But God said, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things are which you have provided? Those who lay up treasure for themselves alone are not rich toward God.” –Luke 12: 19-21

Curtis Schofield is a retired minister residing on Sand Mountain. Contact him at (423) 413-5653.

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