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Topic: Insulted (11/01/04)

TITLE: Lessons At School
By mary wolf


Another school year was about to begin. Mrs Kause and Mrs Mers were preparing files, name tags for the desks, lessons plans and bulletin boards. Working in adjoining rooms was new for them. The previous years, Mrs Mers had been in another part of the building. team-teaching with her daughter. It had been a wonderful experience for her to see her daughter teaching the younger children she loved so much. Sue had such energy and potential. It was a double blessing for Mrs Mers to pass on the love she had for students, to a daughter she loved and had confidence in. The reward was one any mother would understand.
As this year began, she wanted to be a help to Mrs Kause also, encouraging with out interfering, so she suggested they meet a few minutes each morning and pray together for their students.
Three months into the school year, they had seen many results of answered prayer.
One afternoon at a teacher’s meeting the subject was approached by their principal, to work with parents and co-workers with an understanding heart.
He was admonishing each teacher to become involved with the needs of others, but cautioned to be careful to maintain confidential relationship when privileged information was shared.
Sue had always been a very out-spoken person. Honest opinions could be expected from her by those who asked. If you needed a job critiqued, she was the person to ask.
Mrs Mers mentioned to her how many prayers were being answered, as a result of she and Mrs Kause praying each morning together.
“Mom, I really don’t need to hear about your gossips sessions with Mrs Kause.”
The statement that was so insulting it cut her to the very heart.
“Honey, I don’t think we ever talk about whom we pray for, so how can you consider us gossiping?”
“Well, many well meaning Christians discuss, so called, needs of others under the guise of Prayer, and I just don’t want to even hear about it.”
Mrs Mers was so insulted she was speachless.
The next morning she told Mrs Kause that she had been accused of gossip, and that perhaps they should discontinue meeting before school to pray.
Looking back, she realized that the insult was taken far more personal than it should have been and that Satan had won that battle because of the offense felt.
God tells us in psalm, “Great peace have they, which love thy law and NOTHING shall offend them.
Often we are offended most by those we love. Many times they are not even aware of the insult given.
Searching your own heart and motive about the subject you are insulted. If it was given unjustly ignore it, and if not correct it.
Forgivness is always the answer to an insult.

Member Comments
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DeAnna Brooks11/08/04
Your final sentence really is are only answer,isn't it? Thanks for this piece. I taught for 14 years, and my daughter is currently finishing her education degree, so I really felt at home in your story. Thanks.
Corinne Smelker 11/08/04
Yes, there is a profound truth in the last sentence - forgiveness is the only way.
Deborah Anderson11/08/04
Thank you for sharing this. God bless you.
Debbie OConnor11/09/04
Powerful message. I enjoyed the story very much. I stumbled a little over silly things like abbreviations with no periods, and little white space, but on the whole, this is very, very good.
Joanne Malley11/11/04
My "light bulb" went on as I read your last sentence. Thanks for the insight and reminder to always consider forgiveness the only option.
Melanie Kerr 11/14/04
I wonder how many powerful ministries like the prayer time you had with a collaegue are destroyed by things like that.