I am sure many of you have been or are Sunday School teachers or doing other types of Christian service in a church or community. Is it worth it? Do you ever feel like; "Am I getting through? - Is this a waste of my time?"
First of all, thats not why we do it. We are to be obedient servants, serving where Christ asks us. He expects us to listen to his voice and go where He asks. It may be in a local church or maybe to South Africa to rescue children. Wherever - go!
Christ asked me to teach a youth Sunday School - teenagers - way back in the late 60's! Long time ago! I have always taken my role as a teacher very serious - I actually give out "homework" for most lessons that I teach. When I was a teacher of teenagers I actually expected the homework to be turned in and I commented on their answers in a personal way and gave it back. One option I had was that they could ask any question on the bottom of the paper and I would do my best to answer the question. The young (still young!)lady in the white top, Sheree, asked me a question one Sunday on her paper back in the late 60's something like this; "My parents announced they are getting a divorce - what do I do? Do they love me?" My heart was ripped out and I am sure I reassured them of their parent's love and God's love.
The two girls in the picture are sisters - both were in my classes as teenagers. Kay, the one in the green top was, and still is a very special young lady to me. The picture above was taken just a few days ago at Papa's house. The sisters drove over two hours to come and thank mama and I for having such an impact on their lives - we were over whelmed that they would do that! I have not seen them for many years. Sheree we had not seen since the 60's! Kay, the stinker, actually did come and visit us in Wisconsin about 1978 - she hitched hiked with her big dog all the way from Arizona - by herself! :o) !! Kay still lives in Arizona, Sheree in Colorado. They were here in Michigan visiting family.
The other day, when they came by to see us - was one of the greatest days of papa's life! You wonder sometimes if you really are having an impact? You are! Do not doubt - if you are following Christ's direction - He knows where He is taking you! During the couple of hours they were here, papa cried as both ladies shared their lives and gave us undeserved praise over and over. Pray for both of these ladies!
Tears are flowing now - no, I am not wiping these tears!
A very humbled Papa and Mama