Things in Bible Class at CCA weren’t the same as every other day. I’ve been working on the CCA Website for some time now and recently furnished it a fresh look. We’ve been getting some life on the site but it still wasn’t speaking “CCA;” it wasn’t showcasing what really goes on in the daily life on campus. So I (call me Lady ) sent out an email to the faculty and staff at CCA yesterday asking them to share about life on campus, small things that happened everyday, new happenings and the things they didn’t think were newsworthy.
This morning I checked my inbox and had an email from one of the teachers; the first line I read goes: “Well I guess what happened in class today counts.” I smiled and read on. Below is the story she shared…
“Today when I started my Bible Class, I asked my students if anyone had anything to share or if anyone needed prayers. One of the male students asked for prayers so I told him to come up front and the class would surround him and pray for him. When we started to pray some students began to giggle. I did not address it but to my surprise another student did. One of the female students said she wanted to say something to the class. She lectured her fellow students about their behavior while we were praying for their colleague as well as how they behave in their other classes. She told them it isn’t time for them to be playing but ‘it is the time for them to be living as children of the light.’ She went on to say the way they acted was shameful and that is what is turning away others from asking for help. Instead, if they acted with love then more and more students and friends would turn to God since they will be seeing real Christianity portrayed. She also told them that she had wanted to speak out before but she was shy and afraid because of the very thing they just did—laugh at her, but now she is not because she realizes that if she continues to be afraid or ashamed to speak out then God will be ashamed of her and she did not want that at all. When she was finished, you could hear a pin if it fell in class.
I told my class that she was right and that they needed to change their ways and not be intimidated or afraid to share Christ anywhere they are. Sometimes when students speak to other students they connect with them in areas where it seems that an adult sometimes fail. My hope is that my class listens to what this student was saying to them today.”
It is not often that a student will choose to stand up especially with the tense culture created in most classrooms. Students fear being wrong, being open, being honest and much more, all because of how their colleagues would look at them. This one student chose to say enough and by her example, I can see many of these walls being broken, allowing God to work in the lives of these students attending CCA. Be a blessing to someone, share this story and encourage someone to speak up. It begins with ONE, will that ONE be you?