The Inspirational Teacher

This story is taken from a video wherein a rabbi relates this story.

A young man went over to another Jew at a wedding and said, “Do you remember me? The other man looked at him and said, “No, who are you?” The young man introduces himself and tells him that he was one of his students. “You were my student in third grade,” the man says. “It’s been a long time, what have you been doing, how are you?”

The young man says, “I am a teacher now”.  “Just like me”, the man says. “What inspired you to become a teacher?” the man asks.  “You inspired me to teach”, he says.  “Well, how did I inspire you?” asked the man. “Because of the impact you made on me at school I decided that I could also inspire other young people, so I decided to go into education.”

The man asked, “What impact did I have on you?” The young man recalls the events of the day that made such an impact on his life. “It was the day one of my friends brought a beautiful wrist watch to school which was a gift from his parents.  I always wanted a watch but couldn’t afford one so when I saw the one my friend had, I decided to steal it from his pocket. When this boy discovered his watch was gone, he complained to you that someone had stolen his watch. You announced in class that whoever took the watch should please return it. I didn’t give it back because I was too embarrassed, so I kept it.

You then locked the door and said that everyone should line-up and empty their pockets. When you said this, I thought that this will be the most shameful moment of my life. You asked for all the boys to close their eyes when you went from pocket to pocket checking for the watch.  When you came to my pocket you found the watch, took it out and proceeded to check the rest of the boys. You then told everyone to open their eyes again.

You gave the watch back to its owner and never said a word to me or mentioned the episode of the watch ever again.  I thought about how you saved my dignity from being stereotyped or labeled as a thief and a liar. I thought that this must be what a teacher is about.  The way you handled the incident and protected my dignity inspired me to want to do the same and become an educator like you.”

The teacher says to him, “Wow, this is amazing; I had this impact on you?”  The young man looks at him and says, “Don’t you remember that it was in my pocket you found the stolen watch. I’m sure you didn’t want to embarrass me when you told everyone to close their eyes.”

The teacher looks at him and says, “No, I didn’t know it was you who stole the watch because my eyes were also closed when I searched for it.”

Christian maturity

It is important for us to check ourselves so that we can grow and mature in Christ. I found this checklist on Whats app.

Galatians 5: 22 – 23 ” But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these. “

*Signs of Matured Christians*
✅ They speak the truth at all times
✅ They are good listeners
✅ They hardly take offense
✅ They are quick to forgive
✅ They are reliable
✅ They are supportive
✅ They have appetite for prayer and fasting
✅ They rely on the Word of God
✅ The more God lifts them up, the more they become humble
✅ They hardly defend themselves
✅ They are quick to repent
✅ They seek peace and pursue it
✅ They love people and they are compassionate
✅ They know when to talk and when to be quiet
✅ They are full of wisdom in many aspects of life
✅ They respect people and are very sensitive to people’s feelings
✅ They have a lot of patience and they are not short tempered
✅ They fear God
✅ They give honour where it is due
✅ They are content with what they have
✅ They have good leadership skills
✅ They are hospitable
✅ They are not carried away by all kinds of teachings
✅ They are good followers
✅ They have a sacrificial spirit
✅ They don’t gossip and look down on people
✅ They have faith
✅ They take part in church activities and attend church regularly
✅ They are clean in every aspect of life
✅ Their spirits are sensitive, they hate sin
✅ They don’t act holier than others
✅ They don’t compete with others

*Ask yourself: Am I a matured Christian?*🔦
May God give us the grace to identify and work on our weak areas.        Please join me to forward it.

Fear of the lord!

While driving with my son one day we spoke about fear – how people allow fear to enslave them and how it affects them. He related how the behavior of some of his friends seemed unexplained at times or in certain circumstances.  I noticed the first sign of fear in the bible after Adam and Eve sinned. The spirit of fear entered and drove them away from God – Genesis 3: 10 “I heard Your voice in the garden and was afraid because I was naked, so I hid myself.”

I explained to him how I overcame anxiety and depression through meditating on the word of God and revelation from the Holy Spirit. The scripture that I mediated on is 2 Timothy 1: 7For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and self-control.”  

In order to remove negative thoughts, you need to replace them with positive ones. I replaced the fearful thoughts with the scriptures and believed that I have the power to overcome through self control – Acts 1: 8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;

People fear the unknown or that which they cannot explain. Jesus freed us from all bondage including the spirit of fear. Fear makes us weak, oppressive, aggressive, depressive, evil and separates us from God. We hide away from God because of sin in our lives.

Proverbs 1: 7 says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (MEV)

The fear of the Lord is not being afraid of God, but understanding that He is a God of love and mercy to those who seek Him. He is a God to be feared to those who choose to turn away from Him. You will only get to know Him once you diligently seek Him through prayer, the word and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

This verse in Proverbs 8: 13 sums it up very simply: The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.” (MEV)

Nothing is too hard for God

Jeremiah 32: 27

I am the Lord, the God of all mankind, is anything too hard for me?

God told the prophet Jeremiah that He would hand the city of Jerusalem over to the Babylonians. He told Jeremiah that he should buy land from his cousin in the city even though it would be destroyed by the Babylonians.

Because of their evil deeds; idol worship, sacrificing their children to Baal, God allows the Babylonians to destroy the city and burn their houses. God wanted his people to fear him again for their own good and that of their children.

God promised that the land would be prosperous again and that houses and fields would again be bought in the city.

Do not forget the Lord

Deuteronomy 8: 18

“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth”.

When we are enjoying the fruit of our labor, let’s not forget the Lord who has given us the strength, wisdom and ability to work and to enjoy the good things in life. When we have eaten and are satisfied, let’s praise the Lord for all he as done and provided us with. (Deuteronomy 8: 10 – 11)

Proverbs 3: 13

 

Proverbs 9: 10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

We begin to become wise when we fear God and when we have the Holy Spirit operating within us, he brings revelation knowledge through understanding of the scriptures.

Psalm 14: 1

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God,” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good”.

Daniel received visions from God but did not understand what they meant so he prayed for understanding.

Daniel 9: 23

“As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the message and understand the vision”.

The scripture Proverbs 3: 13 starts with “blessed”.  That is what you are when you “find” wisdom through believing in God and you gain understanding when the Holy Spirit operates within you.