EDITORIAL: The Mission of Investing into the Future | Pr. Darwin M. Wilson
Every human will become old, and every old person has had a childhood. Having the right mentor at the right age can propel your growth in this life and the one to come. Although it is often given less importance, many thank their Sunday School teachers for being just that in their life and spirituality. It is a fact that most of us, as children, never realized the importance; rather, we might have taken it as a burden. But it turns out to be a blessing in life when its pages unfold, demanding your character, spirituality, and The Fruit. Like a beautiful building structured on a well-planned foundation, placed on well-prepared ground, the baby steps one takes to progress will contribute to their character and refine their contributions in life to oneself, family, society, and eternity.
No parents would be so serious or responsible as to ask their kids about any homework that the Sunday School teacher might have assigned to them, not even following up on what was taught during the class. Even so, Sunday School molds a soul slowly because the one who acts is not the teacher alone but the Creator. The learning is mostly passive, but the results are active and evident, as we have all experienced in life.
Proverbs 6:23 says, For the commandment is a lamp, and the teaching of the law is light, and reproofs (rebukes) for discipline are the way of life” (AMP).
It is not easy to be a Sunday School teacher. They need to keep their nose to the grindstone. A lot of commitment, reading, prayer, patience, compassion….the list never ends. More than all these, the teacher should have a calling to be one. No one would demand your credentials or credibility; it is you who reports it all directly to the Ultimate Boss. Some parents may not even know you, but that’s okay as long as your job is done the way it ought to be. The Boss has got you.
Changes cannot happen overnight, but they will come over time. Robert Raikes had to wait for three years to see if his idea of Sunday Schools was a success. Even the thought, which the Father surely instilled in his heart, was shared with his friend Rev. Thomas Stock, and the teamwork began. The rest is all history. They started to work among the poor, downtrodden, outcast, and boorish children who did not have anyone to look up to. He gave them love, care, food, and Jesus, which changed not just their lives but also made a difference in the lives of the people in the city, helping to alleviate their suffering. Robert knew that if he had lost his father when he was a little child, he might have been among the poor children who would be lost in life, fighting each other and possibly ending up in jail. The kids who worked diligently throughout the week found that time with Jesus was worth it as it began to impact their lives for good.
Everyone who is reminded of their own life and learning will always be reminded of the teacher, even if they forget what was being taught. So, be a lesson that reminds your students of Jesus and eternity. You are not just a chapter.
It’s an honor that the world decided to recognize Sunday School teachers as the best citizen makers. Thanks to “Gospel Light,” a Christian Literature Publisher, for making the effort to set aside a day for the often forgotten group of souls who contribute to life and eternity. That makes it more responsible; you are all doing a great job. Do not cease; you’ve got a long way to go.
Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap if we do not give in” (AMP).