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Friday, December 2, 2011

Why Teach Sunday School?

A couple of years ago, I decided to teach Sunday school. I could
kill two birds with one stone and spend quality time with the kids on
the weekend while exerting Spiritual Mommy’s much-needed moral
authority. Maybe I could even reverse some of the brain injury from
all that TV.

Given my schedule during the week, my husband and most of my
friends thought I was downright crazy for taking on another weekend
responsibility. “Suz, just what you need, another thing to add to
your schedule. Haven’t you ever heard of the word ‘no’?”

Actually, since I became a mother, ‘no’ has almost evaporated
from my vocabulary. I reserve it for when I really need it—like when
I’m asked to make cupcakes for the bake sale, organize the parent
phone tree, or volunteer to be the lunch monitor during lunch
bunch. After all, I can’t do everything, right? But when it comes to the
spiritual development of my children, Devoted Mommy reminds me
that, unlike baking cookies or being a lunch monitor, I really can’t
delegate that one very easily.

To my pleasant surprise, Sunday school became my favorite hour
of the week. I wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes, sing silly
songs, play duck-duck-goose, and sit on the floor with the children
while teaching them that God is your friend, even when you can’t
see Him.

I remember my own Sunday school days vividly like they were yesterday.
I’ll never forget that poster in my classroom of Jesus knocking
on the door to your heart. Of course there’s no door handle because
the door can be opened only from the inside. It was during that
Sunday school class that I asked Jesus to come into my heart.
Some people say that young children can’t understand spiritual things, but
I beg to differ. Life has become much too complicated. Sometimes I
want to go back to the simple faith of my childhood, but I can’t. So I
do the next best thing. I teach Sunday School.

What’s your Sunday School experience?  

**excerpt from Chasing Superwoman, pp. 23-24


Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Exactly why I teach preschool in a Christian school! Is there anything more glorious than the faith of a child? I shared about this on Fancy Little Things last month, in conjunction with their 1000 Gifts month of posts-- "the joy of the small that makes life large." {Ann Voskamp} It makes me a better person every day. :)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Loved the many fond memories of Sun day School....Your blog header is so great

Renee said...

It sounds like you really enjoy your class. I taught SS for a time also. God really used it to bless me!

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

I remember this from your book -- I so admire your enthusiasm for Sunday School, especially because when I was asked to teach Sunday school, I blurted to the person on the other end of the phone, "I don't think that would be a good idea, because I don't even really like kids very much!" Oops.