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June 9, 2010

Love Speaks Loud

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

“Truths are more caught than taught.”  A caring spirit teaches me far more than words.  It has been well said that “People don’t care what you know unless they know you care.”  I affirm these statements as I look back at some teachers who impacted my life. 

At elementary age, I had a Sunday School teacher named Cousin Myrtice.  She really was my cousin and was at the age I couldn’t call her by her first name, but it would have been too formal to call her by any other address.  It seems that she was my Sunday School teacher for years!  But then, it was not uncommon to have just one or two classes for children.  She was the boys’ teacher — and I still wonder why some man didn’t want to teach us!

Cousin Myrtice always had some reason for us to come on Sunday.  Some treat, some expression of love, and usually some announcement about coming events.  Those events were picnics, swimming-hole, outings, parties, and even some trips to the big city of Atlanta.  She really cared for us and we knew it.  I guess whatever she tried to teach, we believed without question because we loved and trusted her.

Early high school days meant a new community for me and a new church.  There I had a Sunday School teacher named H.B.  He was young, but old enough for the responsibility.  He was dating, and that was cause for us to gossip about him.  I really know that I paid very little attention to his lessons, but I really wanted to be there.  Even though I was “made” to go, I wanted to be there because H.B. had built such a “together” spirit among us.  And then too, he enjoyed spending time with us and knowing all about us.  He even asked us about girls and things!  Sometimes we thought he was trying to learn from us, but we knew better!  I remember him most for his patience, love, and involvement with us.

At that time, and it was to last for several years through high school, I had a department director who served both in Sunday School and B.Y.P.U. (That was Baptist Young People’s Union).  Her name was Miss Ethel.  Many youth would probably think she was too old for youth. She was old in years!  And she was so serious!  She meant for us to learn!  No fooling around when it was time to settle down.

She really would seem to many that she was out of touch with the world because of her age.  She couldn’t identify with our lifestyle and love problems!  But I don’t ever remember anyone being critical of her or rude to her.  You can’t be when you know she loves you.  She was there by choice and because she loved us very much.  It showed in everything she did.  Here was a lady I knew could pray; I knew she had the Bible answers; and I knew that she loved God in a very special way.  But most of all I trusted her genuine love for me.  I cannot measure her impact on my life, but it is there!

I could tell you about the artist-cartoonist, Jack Ham, who taught me as a young adult.  The story would sound much the same as the others.  You have many of the same stories, I am sure.  There have been teachers in your life who have deeply touched you.  You may not remember any of the spoken lessons, but you do remember the love and influence they had upon you.

For most of us, we can be that kind of teacher.  It is not so much the knowledge we share, but the relationship we have with another  where they know we love the Lord . . . and we love them!  Maybe . . . just maybe . . . someone reading this blog will be sharing at church this week their willingness to be a teacher!  Already, people are learning from us.  Why not do it in a positive, loving environment?  And in a way that will truly influence their life for ever!

“In everything set them an example by doing what is good.  In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness . . . .”  Titus 2:7-8)  “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”  (1 Corinthians 13:1)



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