Sunday, December 18, 2016
I wrote a Sunday school lesson this morning!
Unfortunately, I didn't get to teach it, because the children's pastor wasn't able to check her email in time. The lesson is on wisdom. Our lesson last week was about "smart verses wise." You can have a lot of knowledge, but there are times we all do things that aren't very prudent, or are foolish. Since I won't get to teach the lesson until after the first of the year, I thought I'd post it here so people can see it. Here's the lesson: Good morning everyone! I know that usually, Teacher Debbie is the one that tells the stories for you all. This morning, she's letting me take over for a few minutes! how many of you remember the lessonwe we had a couple weeks before the break? Do you remember what we talked about then? Raise your hand if you do, and I'll let Teacher Debbie call on you. A bit of improv will be needed here, but if someone gets it right I'll say, yeah, that's right! The lesson was on "smart verses wise." It's also called "knowledge verses wisdom." Knowledge is what you "know," as in are you smart? Wisdom is what we call being "wise." OK, I want to tell you a story about Wisdom! How many of you have ever answered the phone for you're parents? Have you ever answered the phone, and one of those recorded messages came on saying, "this is Jane/John from one of those telemarking companies? That's what happened to me on thursday, December 15th! Now, has anyone ever seen/used an iPhone? I'll take out my phone and turn VoiceOver off so they can se the icons on the screen. I'll then turn VoiceOver back on and flick around the screen a bit so they can hear it read the icons. Now that you know how that works, imagine me answering the phone, it's Thursday morning around 9:15 or so, and I'm getting ready to take my tea out of the microwave so I can drink it. Just as I get ready to walk toward the kitchen, my phone rings! It makes this sound, (Debbie, please call me!) I answered the phone just like this, "Hello?" Only I didn't know who it was because it read a long phone number. It was one of those telemarking companies that have to do with credit cards, (your parents have one of those, ask them about them... OK?) I tried to hang up the phone, but, (and as I'll demonstrate while you're on the phone with me,) it can be hard sometimes. I accidentally pressed the number "8" while the recording was playing. I didn't realize this at the time, but that transfered me to a person, (the telemarketing company itself.) How many of you have ever heard Revvy preach? Have you ever heard him speak? So you know what that sounds like to a person who's from America. That's what this person sounded like to me! He sounded like Pastor Revvy! He's on the phone with me, asking me what kind of credit card I have. I told him I don't know, because I can't see. I told him this not because it was true, kids. I told him this because I was very suspicious of him. Does anyone know what the word "suspicious" means? It means "not sure" or almost "afraid." I was afraid that if I gave him that information, he could use it to take money from me. I was very afraid, and really wanted to get this guy off the phone! I said my caregiver would be back tomorrow, and she could help me find the card to see what kind it was. Did he say, "OK" and leave things there? No, no he didn't! He started asking questions. Now, class, you know how you guys always like to ask me questions, and I like answering them because I want you to understand what life is like for someone different than you? That's what he was doing, and that's what I was doing during this call. I asked him some questions too, like where he was from, and where he lived. He had me look something up on the internet about him, and it said he was from Pakistan. If you have a map/globe, now would be the time to get it and show them where Pakistan is. I was amazed, because I'd never talked to anyone from Pakistan before. I happened to mention that I was a Christian, and he told me he was Muslim. If you understand what Islam is, it's a different religion than Christianity, and they have very, very strict rules! They must pray 5 times a day, and as Christians, we can pray all day every day if we want! There are certain things they aren't allowed to eat and/or drink. If you eat ham for Christmas dinner, that isn't allowed in the Muslim religion. Oh, and they don't celebrate Christmas. In fact, they don't believe in Jesus! So, did we just talk once, and not talk anymore after that? No way! He wanted to be my friend. OK, what does the bible say about being friends with non-Christians? Well, here are some scriptures for you guys. Ezekiel 33:9 "But if you warn them to repent and they don’t repent, they will die in their sins, but you will have saved yourself. Colossians 4:5-6 "Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. Mark 16: 15-17 "15 And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. 16 Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. 17 These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. OK, so is it smart for me to become friends with this man? Raise your hands and tell Debbie and I why you think it is or isn't. Is it Wise for me to become friends with him? Again, raise your hands and Teacher debbie will call on you. Those of you who said it isn't smart but it's wise. You're correct! It isn't smart for me to become friends with him because he could try to get information from me, (at hthis point, he hasn't.) He could try to take money from me. He could try to get me to become a Muslim. That process has already started. I understand this process, and know what he's trying to do. Some people have given me the advice to stop all contact with this man. If I just stopped talking to him, what do you think he'd think about us Christians? Just as he wants me to become a Muslim, I also want him to see the light! I want him to be saved, and become a Christian! Why would I want him to become a Christian? Let's have Debbie make a list of some reasons on the board. I acknowledge their reasons here. Then I say, I want him to become a Christian so that he may experience everything we experience. The rich blessings, the promise of heaven, the joy of the Lord, to be able to experience all those things are small miracles every day! Kids, you may think I have a worse life than you because I'm blind. I have a different life than you. I thank the Lord for everything I have! I have a family that loves me, friends that accept me, and a church that I love! I have a caregiver who works with me 3 days a week, and I pray that she's rewarded richly in heaven. Yet we also have a very loyal friendship. I have a nice place to live, a bank account that's somewhat full, and God provides monthly. I have a rich connection to the outside world via the internet. I've met and can talk to other blind people that way. I'm thankful for what God has given me, it's beyond extraordinary! I'm thankful for the opportunity to share my story with you all, I hope that one day, you'll become great witnesses for Jesus! However, right now we all need to pray for Shahzad, that he will see the light of the Lord in his life!