I teach High School Sunday School class at my church on Sunday mornings. Now I do not know what it is like for the rest of you that teach HSSSC on Sunday mornings at your church, but for me it is a less than pleasant task. The kids are tired, don’t care about listening and in my case, make that very vocal while the whole process is going on. So this morning I am teaching about the idea of making Jesus the foundation of your life, and looking at the kind of blocks you are building your “house” with (check out Life to Life Discipleship by Kevin Greer). I am wrapping up the lesson and I am trying to stress to the kids that building their life on anything else other than Jesus is not going to work because anything else is either going to leave them, hurt them, or disappoint them in some way or another. I finish up that idea with the statement, “I realize that some of you do not believe me and right now you are building your house on something else but I guarantee you that some time down the road your house is just going to fall apart, maybe not today, tomorrow or the next day, but one day you will wake up and realize that your life is seriously not working and it needs a better foundation.” It is at this point in the lesson that out of a blue a certain male in my group just yells out, “Jonathan I think your an idiot! I’ll just be straight up with you like I am with everyone I really just think your an idiot!” Now I like to think or myself as a pretty laid back guy for the most part. When people say stuff about me it kind of just rolls off my back because I just really don’t care. But the way this kid said it just hurt really badly. He said it to be mean and there was just no other reason for it besides that. It was at this point that the whole room was very quiet because they realized that a line had been crossed. There was no joking in the this kids voice, for what ever reason what I had just said really made him mad and they were waiting to see how I was going to respond to this. By the grace of God I simply looked at him and said, “well I have been called much worse thats for sure, laughed and wrapped up the lesson with prayer.” Now I bring this little episode up for two reasons.
1) Today I learned rather harshly just how powerful words really are, both the words that I said that caused the response from this kid and the words that he used against me. This kid really just wanted to hurt me today and he kind of succeeded. Here is a kid that I pray for, worry about, try to take time out to spend time with and just all around want to see live for Jesus and in one sentence he made me doubt if I have been doing any good here at all.
2) Today I got a glimpse of how we treat God a lot of the time. He is patient with us, he cares for us, he tries to give us a way to have the best life possible and we simply look at him and more or less say, “God I think your an idiot, I’ll just be straight up with you, your an idiot!” We do this when we decide that we are going to build our lives on something other than his son, we do this when we keep running back to that one thing that he keeps telling us is no good for us at all.
So today I learned something in Sunday School Class, imagine that?