School’s back in session! Watch out for those school zones–slow down!
Looking back, I had some wonderful teachers, in school and elsewhere.
Yet, it made for people with character, living simply, frugally, and the Bible was welcome in public places, even schools.
My parents were good teachers, even my unsaved Dad, who had such integrity (he was converted later in life).
I have to conclude that because I lived with my husband longer than anyone else, he taught me more of how to live than all others.
He lived by principles–definition: a personal code of conduct, an established mode of action.
I learned of loyalty. Two of his quotes:
“There is no such thing as an ex friend.”
“I will be a friend to my friends.”
He never belittled people before me and I could believe that though no one is perfect, there is potential for good in each.
He taught when someone was hurtful, “They aren’t bad, just broken.”
He taught me that it’s fun to give of “yourself.” Even if that meant on a rainy, windy day he would pull our car over to retrieve a garbage can in the middle of the street. (Was I embarrassed? Yes.)
He wanted to leave each person better than he found them–by a joke, a little time, maybe a little money put in a hand.
When people would accuse, “They are just using you!” he answered, “What better way to live.”
He taught me unselfish love. His quote, “The only pure love is demonstrated by the person who loves someone who can give absolutely nothing in return.”
Thirteen years ago this time of the year, we vacationed in Maui, Hawaii. On Sunday we worshiped in a little church with about fifty people.
We enjoyed the singing and a good Bible message. I confess I forgot it.
In late February 2001, I received a note from the pastor of that little congregation.
He said that on February 6, he had gotten a note from Jack Hyles, complimenting him on his well-prepared sermon and our enjoyment of the service.
He decided to look on the web for that name and found that Jack Hyles had died a little after 9:00 a.m. that very day.
His words to me, “While he was entering Heaven, he was encouraging a young preacher half way around the world.”
We are each a teacher every day. Let’s be careful that we teach what will add to the lives of those we teach.