Boy, am I happy to see Wednesday this week! I’ll tell ya… It’s just good to know that His Word is always there and that it’s so powerful. Even His name is powerful. I’m studying the names of Jesus for Advent, just like I do every year. And every year it’s something new and amazing! But that’s a blog for another time.
This week we take a look at the tiny book of II John. If you’ve wanted to join in the conversation, this is a great week for it, because you can read II John in under five minutes. Peek at those verses and see what speaks to you, then visit us in the comments!
II John 6b (NIV)–It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.
This is one of those more personal applications. I was a teacher for seven years before our daughter was born and I took some time off. This year, I stepped back into the classroom again and, I have to say, I’m lovin’ it!
But here’s the thing about teaching in Christian school. You see some kids rise… and some kids fall. The advent of email and Facebook has allowed me to reconnect with some of my former students. It always amazes me what they are doing now. And it always amazes me how much they’ve changed.
See, I’ve had my heart broken a few times. I taught kids ten or twelve years ago who seemed like they were anchored to the top of God’s mountain, whose faith I actually envied. A few of them have fallen hard, and I’ve seen what the world can do to even the strongest of people. That hurts in a way words can’t describe. But I remember my own ups and downs, and there’s that knowledge that God is in them, they’ve been trained up right, and with prayer they’ll find their way home again.
Then there are those… the ones who tested and tried and pushed and shoved and fought and steadfastly refused to accept Christ. The ones who made me (and other teachers) shed tears and pound on heaven’s doors only to see them graduate with that same defiance. Then… they show up on Facebook and everything has changed. Their hearts are so full and their lives are so changed… You have to wonder if they’re the same kid or an identical twin with the same name. I love those moments. They literally thrill me.
The point, I guess, is this. Never give up on the ones you love. And never take them for granted either. Even the strongest need prayer. It’s easy to pray for the weak among us, but that’s why pastors fall, because they’re flock forgot to pray for them. We are called to pray.
That’s what changes things. And that’s what allows us to find our “children” walking in the truth.