"Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matt. 4.19).
How much more effective would our efforts as disciple makers be if our deepest desire was to "teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea"?
Or better yet, what if our hunger for the vast and endless God was the driving force behind our own growth and discipleship process. If we seek to grow and to guide, we will be infinitely more influential when we do so from a place of love and passion, rather than paradigms and prescriptions.
Culture and environment will almost always trump propositional instruction. Certainly we are called to instruct, called to study, and called to hone our craft as ship builders and artisans. However, I've found that the leg work, the back breaking daily grind is far sweeter when it stems from a place of deep passion.
If we seek to build by focusing on the gathering of wood and on the process, we will loose the sense of wonder we are meant to have in the midst of an adventure with our co-laborers.
Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to yearn for the vast and endless sea, and he will possess a wellspring of passion for a life time.