I recall being in my Sunday School class at a young age. I had lots of friends and I liked to socialize. My Sunday School teacher was a wonderful lady and every time you saw her, she was smiling. I didn’t know the total burden she was under, but I know that she had lost a child. I recall wondering how she could always be happy. Since I was so social, I didn’t always appear that I was listening in Sunday School. As I grew up, got married, and my husband and I went into ministry, I recalled frequently of her example of a Christian woman, and was drawn closer to God because I wanted to be like her and have that same type of strong faith. I wrote to her and told her how much I appreciated her life and that even if it didn’t seem like I listened in Sunday School, I was, but more importantly I was drawn to the example of her life as a Christian. She was very generous with her love and smile. She was a good listener. She wrote me back and told me that my letter came just in time to help her through a tough time in her life. She taught special need children in the public school system and would always share with them about the love of God. The school system had recently passed a rule that the teachers could not speak of God or share their faith with others in the classroom. My letter to her gave her encouragement that it wasn’t so much what she said that spoke to others about God’s love, but her life.
She went on to tell me that her two grown sons were teaching Sunday School and were frustrated with their students as they didn’t think they were being effective teachers because the children didn’t appear to get engaged and listening to them when they taught. She read my letter to them and they were encouraged that their teaching was more effective than they thought.
II Corinthians 3:3 (NIV) – “You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”
How is God impacting your life in this program as a virtuous leader?