I almost cried!

So, I’m not a church right now. I guess that means I’m a terrible Christian. I’m not too worried. My throat hurts and my wife is tired. I did go and teach Sunday School this morning though…and it was awesome! Oh, the lesson itself was only mediocre, made slightly more exciting by Korah and his rebellion against Moses. I yakked, and my throat hurt. But we got through it, and it wasn’t too bad. Which means next week we get to see Moses disobey God (Oh my!) and the following week is one of my favorite narratives in the entire Old Testament, Balaam. But, that’s not what I wanted to blog about. No…I wanted to blog about something that happened after Sunday School ended. <br />
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I was getting ready to leave the Sunday School room with my wife so we could head home because, as I said, my throat was (is) hurting and she was just really tired. Before we left though two of the girls in our SS class (they’re twins) were like…"Hey, Calvin…we love having you as a Sunday School teacher. I mean, no one has ever made the Bible so exciting and interesting for us." I was dumbstruck. I didn’t really know what to say. I smiled and thanked them and they continued to say that they never ever wanted to go to sleep in my Sunday School class (even though they did on occasion), they were really interested and not bored, just tired from the night before. So, that was encouraging. Then Mandy and I got up to leave and before we got through the doorway one of them asked, "I hope you don’t leave us soon." I was like, "Wha??"…she explained that she remembered that I had told them at my last youth ministry I didn’t get through all the books of the Hewbrew Bible. I was like…"Yeah, but we’ve already gotten further then I did there. So we’re good. Besides, I’ll be hear for at least another year." She nodded, then her sister was like, "ONLY A YEAR!?" My wife jumped in and was like, "At least a year," then the girl said that was good and she hoped it was longer. <br />
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So, needless to say I am really encouraged. That short, maybe five minute, exchange just really brightened my day. I mean, Junior Highers who really want to get through all of the OT? Who don’t think it’s boring? Who think I’m a great teacher? Who are learning more about God because of it? Who want me to stay for more than a year? That’s awesome! I mean….I just thank God so much. I really needed some encouragement. I wanted to cry. I almost did. I walked out of that Sunday School room this morning trying to hold back tears. I was helped by my hurting throat, ’cause I didn’t want to make it hurt more. So anyway, I’m really encouraged. I’d love to be a youth pastor to these kids at some point…but I guess in reality I already am in many ways just without the title. Besides, as one of the deacons at my church would say…"Ahhh…Calvin, you just don’t like being labeled," he’s right of course, I don’t. <img src="http://aidan.strateia.org/templates/default/img/emoticons/smile.png&quot; alt=":)" style="display: inline; vertical-align: bottom;" class="emoticon" /><br />
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Oh, and one last thing. As I was leaving the church building to head home one of the guys from Senior High stopped me and asked where I was going. I was like, "I’m going to be a terrible Christian today and head home, my throat hurts and Mandy’s tired," he was like, "Nah. You won’t be a terrible Christian. (sarcastic voice) I mean, I guess you’ll really go to hell for this one." Then he said he hoped I got feeling better and he headed for the service as I headed for my car. What was encouraging about this is that this guy tends (or used to tend) to be one of the more "churchy" guys in senior high. Not that this was a huge step, but it was a little bit of one for him I think, to voice it in that particular way anyway. Alrighty. I’m off to find something to help my throat.

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