Jesus said

“I am the light of the world”

I Can See Clearly Now!”

    

Recently I have had several experiences where people who knew what they were talking about tried to explain something to me when I knew nothing of the subject at hand.

    One of these experiences concerned a computer. It was so utterly basic to the computer expert and yet it was just beyond me and although I nodded in agreement as he spoke– I simply didn’t understand what he was saying.

    Another like experience is when I have been given driving directions to a hard to find a destination by someone who is very familiar with the territory. It is difficult for those very knowledgable with a subject to communicate with one who is completely ignorant of the subject.

    This can be true not only of computers and driving directions but it can also be true of those of us attempting to explain Biblical truths to Nursing Home Residents. Many are familiar with well-known Scripture references but some aren’t and we need to be aware of this. If a person needs to be familiar with the life of Moses–Gideon–Stephen or Peter to understand the point we are trying to make, there will likely be those present who are as unknowledgeable about the Scriptures as I am about computers. They also might nod in agreement, but not have a clue to what we are talking about.

    When meeting with a broad spectrum of Nursing Home Residents, we should always try to Keep It Short n Simple. There certainly is a time for a more in-depth study of the Bible in Care Centers but, in general, we need to guard against thinking that everyone is familiar with the Scriptures. When communicating with Nursing Home Residents it is better to keep our subject basic and meaningful rather than profound (to us) and confusing (to them).

    I have on two occasions heard a pastor, during his sermon, make reference to something that was happening in a current (at that time) television program. To understand the point being made one had to be familiar with the television program. I wasn’t. He lost me. Likewise, if we make references that require an acquaintance with and understanding of the relationship between Ruth and Naomi or David and Jonathan, etc., we can lose our audience at a Nursing Home. Yes, we need to keep things simple and to the point.

Herm Haakenson

“Bits of Sonshine” Oct/Nov 2003