Last week, during cell group meeting, Chee Wei split everyone into groups and gave everyone a little task.
Each group was given dried spaghetti sticks, a long string, a roll of tape, and a marshmallow. The objective was to create the highest free-standing structure using the given materials, with the marshmallow at the top of the structure.
Everyone worked hard at the foundations, joining a lot of spaghetti sticks together to build a very strong base before slowly progressing to the top, and finally tried to balance the marshmallow at the top of the tower.
It seemed like the most logical thing to do but many of us failed at getting the structure to support the marshmallow even though the structure was able to stand freely on its own.
Chee Wei surprised us when he said that the same task was given to kindergarten kids. They, on the other hand, took out the marshmallow right at the beginning of the game. Their focus was on the marshmallow, and they joined the spaghetti sticks to the marshmallow to support its weight and extended its height from there. If it failed to support, they would try again and again until it finally could.
I did some reflections and felt that we are all ruined by our own education. Education taught us to always set a firm foundation before building anything else on it. Education taught us that a strong base is extremely important and should not be neglected. Education has limited us.
The kindergarten kids, on the other hand, having received little from the education system, they were allowed to freely roam and express their creativity. Hence, they were able to successfully build a tall free-standing structure which was able to support the marshmallow, because their focus was on the marshmallow and not the spaghetti sticks.
It’s true that education is important, but we should not let it limit our thinking.
For an example, a person who is highly education in Science, it is difficult for him to understand that God gives us dreams and visions. To him, the more logical explanation would be that we are just hallucinating.
The point is, children may not be as smart and wise, but they are not limited in their thinking and creativity, and that allows them to set their focus on the right things.
No wonder Jesus tell us to have child-like faith, because children will never see anything as impossible.