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.