Sometimes hard work does not pay off. Steve, was in the fifth grade and his worst subject was Math. His class was studying fractions; his dad had helped prepare him for the test.
After Mrs. Johnson taught the lesson, a teacher at Lifegate Christian academy, went back to her desk and sat down.
“Class, I have finished grading our Math test from yesterday. Jay would you hand them out to your classmates?”
“Yes, Mrs. Johnson,” responded Jay as he walked up to his teacher’s desk.
Steve’s palms sweated as he waited for Jay to give him his test results. He got to his desk and a smirk came across Jay's face.
“D, stands for dummy, ha, ha, ha, ha,” as Jay dropped the test paper on his desk. He took his finger and pointed at the D on the paper.
Steve started to cry and put his head down on his desk. Mrs. Johnson looked up from her desk with a stern look on her face.
His teacher raised her voice and said, “Jay, you need to apologize!”
The rest of the class turned and looked at Jay, he turned and put his head down as he faced his teacher and said, “Yes, Mrs. Johnson.”
He then turned and looked at Steve and said, “I am sorry.”
Steve looked at Jay and said, "I forgive you."
His teacher looked into Jay's eyes, “That is good Jay; you do not call anyone a dummy! I don't ever want to hear anyone in this class call anybody a dummy. This is an object lesson for everyone. When speaking you need to think about what you’re saying. Our words can make or break people."
Mrs. Johnson got up and went to the podium, "As Christians, we need to be thoughtful of other people's feelings. Steve has a hard time with Math. Instead of making fun of Steve we should help build Steve up. If Steve needs help with Math, we need to help him. Think about this; is what Jay said is it kind; true, or necessary? Answer that question before you say anything. Again, think about what you say to people. I hope we all learned something from this."
The kids learned to think about what they say. They were more thoughtful of others, and of Steve, as the days went on in this class.
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