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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)

TITLE: Something special about Wednesdays
By Melanie Kerr


I am assuming that you are familiar with the Shorter Westminster Catechism? What is the chief and highest end of man?

I revised this one. Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever.

Good. Do you understand what it means to glorify God?

Making God fully known through everything that I do?

That will do for a working definition. Lets just look back over the day shall we and see whether you did that. Actually let's skip most of the day and just concentrate on a certain forty minute spot shall we?

We will limit ourselves to 11.50 to 12.30 Wednesday 31st May 2006.

I knew it! I just knew you would pick that particular class. Can I just put things into context here?

Let's begin with Gemma….(runs a finger down a sheet of paper on a clipboard)

That'll be Gemma Wilson.

It seems to me that long before Gemma had entered the classroom you had allowed certain thoughts access to your mind. She had been absent for a while. I believe that you were not really delighted to see that her name was not longer on the absentee list. How did that opening conversation go?

Look, she wasn't being sincere when she siad that she was glad to see me! She was just winding up.

And I take it you were not being sincere either when you said you were glad to see her too?

What was I supposed to say? Well seriously Gemma, I was hoping you would never come back, that ever since you joined my class you have been a disruptive influence?

Which aspects of God's character were you demonstrating to Gemma through that greeting? God's forgiveness and acceptance perhaps? She will never understand that God accpepts her just as she is if you make her jump through hoops of politeness before you will accept her!

Let's move on the Claire, shall we? The incident with the black marker. Now what was all that about?

We have gone through this a dozen times. She knows that she should only write in pencil or pen. The marker shows through to the next page and what did she do with it later on in the lesson? CT loves JM in black marker written on the desk!

But refresh my memory here…she asked to borrow a pencil, yes? You keep them in the drawer. And you…?

She is always borrowing my pencils and she never returns them.

Just remind me which af God' s charactersitics that one is? Generosity? God freely gives you everything you need. He does not keep account of what you do with the things He give gives. Perhaps if you had given her the pencil, her friend would not have given her the black marker.

How about Marc Shepherd? The paper aeroplane.

He tore the middle page out of his notebook, folded it into a paer areoplane and launched it across the room.
You know that he finds reading diffiuclt!

He didn't put up his hand to ask for help!

There have been many times when he hasn't asked for help, yet you have walked over, sat down next to him and talked through the questions and answers. Why suddenly does it need a hand up? Does God do that to you? Doesn't He know when you need help without having to put your hand up! You need to show that part of God's character - that He knows and He cares.

I am sorry.

You have so many chances here to show to these children what God is really like. It's not Rector that makes up these class lists. It is not by chance children like Gemma, Claire and Marc end up in your class. God intends that you show His love towards them.

Do you know…God enjoys your company any time - but there is something special about Wednesdays. More often than not you are in tears - but you just sit up as close to Him as you can get and let Him soothe you. You offer no excuses or make no promises to try to be a better witness, you just let Him wipe the tears away.

Oh yes, you enjoy God!

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Amy Michelle Wiley 06/02/06
This article really makes me think. Well done!
Maxx .06/05/06
Well thought out. Good lessons, even for a teacher. Thanks for submitting this!
James Clem 06/05/06
"Shorter Westminster Catechism"?

um, the beginning has to hook - and that one has me reaching for the remote control to switch channels. (sorry)
Continuing on, the story has a strong lesson and a good finish. I really like the casual dialogue.
Edy T Johnson 06/05/06
I relish the revealing dialog. I'm not sure who it is talking to the teacher: God? the pastor? Then again, it probably doesn't matter since your purpose is clearly expressed. God has blessed you with writing skills the rest of us get to enjoy. Thank you!
Debra Brand06/06/06
Very creative. Good reminder of our reason for life. God bless.
Rachel Rudd 06/07/06
Since I'm a teacher and have struggled with classes like this, I can totally relate! How many chances does God give us to share His character? SO many! I do like the way you wrote the story, but I didn't quite get the ending. Thank you for this reminder!
Suzanne R06/07/06
Oh yes, I can identify! Only it is Tuesdays in my case.

Well done. A couple of little typos - nothing much - but they do slow down the reading.

WELL DONE - you've portrayed 'purposefulness' in the life of a teacher very well!