By guest blogger and catechist Deanna Danielle
Warning: This bridge may bring out the best in us—or knock us to the ground!
Since How? is a question concerning the way something is done, I believe it’s a word worth looking into. How is the bridge to getting questions answered. It can challenge us to identify new problems, research further, or connect in a new way. What lies on the other end of this bridge called how is determined by the way we view it. From new opportunities to fear, from knowledge to despair, this common, three-letter word is a powerful asset to our next steps. Simple yet influential, it can change the course of life for one or for all.
“What makes you come alive? Go and do it!” These words came to me as I thought about a friend and her concerns for her son. “How can I help him?” she asked. That evening during prayer, her words echoed once again. This time, the word how further triggered my curiosity. Contemplating its meaning, I looked up its definition and connection. I learned that this most-often-used word is action-packed. It has not only changed the way people live, but also has assisted in changing the course of history!
Here are two examples:
George Washington Carver—an agricultural scientist and inventor who developed hundreds of helpful products using peanuts, sweet potatoes, and soybeans—had a great interest in knowing how. His pursuit of answers to this question led him to record his findings in agricultural bulletins such as “How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing It for Human Consumption” along with many other how-to journal entries. From a heart for helping others to the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, with faith and prayer, George Washington Carver integrated how into his life. That ripple effect has inspired and educated the lives of many.
Mary was a first-century Jewish woman of Nazareth in Galilee. She was the wife of Joseph and the virgin mother of Jesus. Her attentiveness to how lead her to becoming the Mother of God. “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you,” spoke the angel Gabriel to Mary, followed by how she would bring forth a son, who would “be great . . . and called Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:28, 32). Mary responded, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” (Luke 1:34). In God’s plan, Mary had an important role to play in the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Mary’s how leads to God’s invitation to be the mother of his Son (see Luke 1:26–38). Mary played an important and unique role in God’s redemptive plan. The greatest rescue story of all time started with love, truth, and Mary’s determination to know how, thus changing the course of history and assisting in saving the world—including you and me!
How? “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life!” (John 3:16).
What are your goals, dreams, and aspirations? Come alive and go to fulfill them! Remember to start with the awesome privilege and gift of carrying everything to God in prayer.
A few fun facts about the word how:
- It’s worth nine points in the game of Scrabble®.
- It’s the Native American greeting.
- It’s a question word that can serve as adjective, noun, conjunction, or adverb.
- It’s a unique member of the club of Who? What? Where? Why? When? Whom? How?
- It’s good at making friends: knowhow, however, somehow, nohow, anyhow, howsoever, howdy . . .
In addition to being responsible for what our students know, teachers and catechists have the great responsibility of planting seeds to help them grow.
Father, in the name of Jesus, by the power and grace of the Holy Spirit, be with us, direct our paths, fill us with the riches of your grace, transform our minds with healthy balance that is good for our bodies and souls. Guide us with your gracious love, so we may press forward to being all you created us to be. In Jesus’ holy name, we pray. Amen
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