English can be a confusing language to learn. A fun example is a question a student had the other day. They saw-fix breakfast- and wondered why it said fix breakfast. They asked if breakfast was broken. Side note that could be true if I was making breakfast, but I digress.
I explained that yes English is crazy sometimes and that Americans also use fix to mean make when it is about breakfast, lunch, or dinner. My student shook her head. I did not go into that in the South people will use am fixing to to mean am going to.
Jesus often confused people when he spoke in parables. We have the benefit of having the whole bible and still might get confused. One such word that confused people when Jesus spoke that is humbling to think about is the word-sheep. Jesus used the word sheep in reference to people. Matthew picked up on this when he wrote in Matthew chapter 9:
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Sheep are not very bright. They get lost easy. They wander off easily and they cannot protect themselves. That is how Jesus sees us. It is humbling to admit that we wander, get confused, and need his help.
It is also humbling to admit that sometimes when I cook the results need to be fixed. 🙂
Thank you for reading. God Bless.
16 thoughts on “Story Time- Student Confused by the Word Fix”
I also love the parable of the lost sheep 🐏. Jesus will go after and find it and bring it home
That is a wonderful parable
English is so complicated. Such a small word, like fix, mean totally different things. Being from Oklahoma, I grew up hearing lots of folks say they were “fixin” to do something. As a teacher, I try not to talk like that.
Can you imagine being an ESL student and watching Gunsmoke with way Festis talked?
Indeed, we are Luke sheep. We are very gullible and need to be led and that is why the Lord wants to lead and guide us on the right path. Great 👍 lesson.
We need his guidance constantly
The results also need to be fixed when I cook! 😃 Love the part about the sheep. In fact, the background on my phone is of a sheep. It reminds me how reliant we are on Him as our shepherd. 😊
The background on your phone could lead to some interesting conversations
Yes, for sure!
It’s not even a compliment to say “you are the brightest sheep in the flock”
It puts a whole new twist on having pride in our intellect
lol love that thought
yes we are all like sheep who have gone astray in need of Jesus
Great connection! Just as we are sometimes confused with words and their unique and different meanings, we can feel lost in life’s perilous journey. Thankfully, our Good Shepherd never tires in searching for another sheep.
Jesus our ever present help and guide 🙂