Back to the Beginning
This was the first official WMD that I ever sent out. I think it went out to 6 other teachers.
Some things in the Bible I just wish weren’t’ in there. This passage of scriptures is one of those things. Jesus says we should “do good to those who hate you” and not to demand back our goods that people take from us without permission. He goes on to say that we should love our enemies. Even sinners love people who love them back. He says we should loan to people that we know can’t pay us pack. Even sinners loan to people that they know will pay them back.
This has to be the hardest thing in the world. I think this tells us as teachers that we should give our best to the students that we wish we could kick right out of our classes. EVERY teacher likes to teach the “good” kids. However, as followers of Christ, we have to treat the “bad” ones the same as the good. In most cases this will require extra effort and time on our part. If you are like me you say “Why in the world would I want to do that when I KNOW it won’t help, they won’t do it, they won’t change.” Basically, why should we do this when we know we probably won’t get anything in return?
There are three reasons:
1. God just might intervene and use us as the tool that gets one or more of these kids on track. We could be the ones that help them break free and DO something with their lives. Maybe make them want to become good parents in the future and not have to see the cycle repeat itself. If this happened with only one out of a hundred kids, wouldn’t it be worth it?
2. We are the most like God when we do this. He gave His son to die for us when we didn’t deserve it. “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8) How quickly Christians forget where they came from! He gave us His best not expecting ANYTHING in return. What could we give Him in return? It all belongs to Him anyway!
3. He will reward us! In Luke 6:35 it says if we do this “your reward will be GREAT”. I don’t know what this means as far as being rewarded down here or in Heaven when we get there, but I don’t care either way…and it’s probably BOTH! If someone takes from me and I can just let it go, or if I give and don’t expect anything in return, whatever God chooses to reward me with will be MUCH better than just getting back whatever was taken or whatever any person could possibly give me as a reward.
I know this is tough stuff. Just don’t think because I’m writing this that I have it all together and that I do this well. I’m just writing what I think God wants me to write. I sure try to do what is right, but I sure do fail miserably a little too often.
Until next time…