Go catch a big fish

“Can you help me with my Chinese homework?”

That question led to the start of tutoring an 8 year old. Looking back at today’s amk outreach, he taught me a few things. I admit I was a bit hesitant to help him at first knowing that it wasn’t my strength in the language. However, it got me reflecting that whether or not we might deem ourselves as “not capable” or “under-qualified” to do the task, ultimately, it is to show God’s love to the people who needed it the most. In His way, He guides and aids us during the situation.

So as I taught the boy how to write his essay, this quote came to mind, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

It was rather tempting to just write the essay for him or to throw the answers directly at him, and given that he was being reluctant to do it, made it almost slant towards “giving him the fish”. But I knew it can’t be done in the long run if any of us doesn’t visit the boy’s home. To add to the mix, the person tagged to me had a slightly different teaching methodology and tried to push other ideas, making the poor boy so lost and losing focus.

But the end of this small tutoring, I’m thankful he can “fish” for some small catch using google translate (though in my opinion was not the most favourable method). Teaching the boy made me realised that parenting probably have a similar thread to this situation and I guess there is some truth in it.

And though our actions might not amount to something big to this little boy, hopefully it is a step closer for him to grow to be more independent and catch an even bigger fish.

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