Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The Light of the World

"But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been through God." John 3:21
Jesus brought light into the world and some do not recognize that light. We can do our part as believers of Jesus, to bring that light into the darkness of this world so that others can see the light of Christ within us. We can be a witness for Jesus.
   Yesterday I was a substitute teacher in a Kindergarten class. What precious ones are in Kindergarten! It is like a little mini society of the world. There were so many different personalities and they all brought into the classroom their perspectives of life that came from their life experiences. So here we were in this little mini society and so many of them are learning about the world around them. What a place to learn, in the classroom! What a responsibility for teachers! it is true that a classroom makes a difference in a child's life. The average age of the Kindergarten child is five years old and they are learning all about living with others. There were so many teachable moments and I felt a blessing to be able to come in and give a little bit of Jesus in that class. Although it was for only one day, there were times when I could talk to the students about sportsmanship, sharing, disappointments, frustrations, anger and getting along with one another. So many of the lessons were not about the curriculum but about those important life lessons. I was so grateful that the Lord put me there so I could bring the perspective of Jesus into the class. At one point, we had to all stop and repeat, "we are a family and we help each other". We talked about the responsibility of taking care of one another and to show kindness. They were so cute...they cry, whine and express their feelings without abandon. They are so innocent in all their ways. It is such a big responsibility of a teacher, at this young age, to demonstrate appropriate behavior through gentle correction. That is the key, "gentle correction". I was tired and exhausted at the end of the day, but upon reflection, I thought that I had given some important perspectives on how to deal with some of life's challenges. May the Lord touch each one of those little hearts and help them to learn about loving one another, in a non-loving world. I thank the Lord that I was able to bring some light of Jesus into the classroom yesterday.
Question: In your daily life, how can you bring some light into the darkness? Do you believe that you are showing Christ's love to others?

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