Devotion for Thursday, January 24th

United States
January 24, 2008 5:35pm CST
I Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” The college professor walked into class the first day in a pair of blue jeans with rips in them, an old sweatshirt with the sleeves pushed up past his elbow and an ancient pair of leather sandals with socks. His gray hair was short and spiky, his beard scraggly and in his 50 some-odd year old ear was an earring. At first glance, several students began to formulate in their minds ways to take the class at another university over the summer term. He was the only one who taught the entry level education class, and it was required for a Bachelor's degree in Education. What could this left over flower child have to teach us? Five minutes into the first lecture, while the class was discussing the discipline problems in the public school classroom, one young woman from the back of the room popped in with her opinion. "If we would just put prayer back in school." WHAM! His textbook hit the table as he slammed it down. "Uh-oh here it comes" we thought. "He's headed into the whole Separation of Church/State agenda." One woman even wondered if she could get out the door without being noticed so she could run and drop the class right then. "I am so tired of this." He bellowed. "Just who told you that you couldn't pray?" What? No politically correct jargon? He sat down on the edge of the table, and faced the class with tears in his eyes. "My bible tells me to "pray without ceasing" and to "go into my closet". I don't have to stand up in front of someone or pray on the street corner with bells on my clothes for God to hear my prayers." Whoa! Where was that coming from? "I pray everytime I stand up from my desk and face a roomful of students that I will be able to dispense some of the knowledge that God has blessed me with to others. I pray that I will live my life so that others will see Jesus in me. I pray for those who hurt. I thank God for the miracles that he sends us everyday." He paused and looked around the room. "And the last time I checked, I didn't need a court order to pray for any of those things." He wiped his eyes and picked up the textbook. "If you're waiting for a judge to tell you that it's ok to pray, then perhaps I should pray for you." And with that, he went on with the lecture. I didn't make it out the door...and I didn't drop the class. But I did get an eye-opening reminder to look past what I see on the outside.
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@Shaun72 (15965)
• Palatka, Florida
25 Jan 08
This is a great story and a very good reminder not to judge others by their looks.
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• United States
8 Apr 08
It's funny, because as the semester progressed, he has become one of my favorite teachers. I absolutely love his class! He is one of the most knowledgable men that I've ever had the sopportunity to sit under.
@Shaun72 (15965)
• Palatka, Florida
8 Apr 08
That is wonderful. How is school going for you?
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
25 Jan 08
The professor sure had it right. It goes to show what's on the inside that counts and not on the outside. Glad he was able to express what is in the inside of him, so everyone could get past his outward appearance.
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• United States
8 Apr 08
There are many that have dropped the class for one reason or another. Some just quit coming. That is what baffles me is when they don't bother to drop the class, knowing that there will be an "f" if they don't. The class is so much fun now.
@byfaithonly (10715)
• United States
26 Jan 08
Wow - wonderful story but even more and excellent message behind it. Don't judge a book by it's cover but don't stop praying.
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• United States
8 Apr 08
This was one of my favorite things that God have me to write a devotion with. I have been so tired lately that I haven't been listening to the voice of God much in what he's telling me to write.
@AmbiePam (56635)
• United States
25 Jan 08
His message is so relevant to Christians today. Don't wait for things to change, start changing things in yourself. We should never stop working towards allowing public prayer back in schools, but while we are 'waiting', what are we really accomplishing?
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• United States
8 Apr 08
I agree completely. My children are all either students or hraduates of a private Christian School. I believe that they have received an education that is as good as any public school, based on their ACT scores. However, had I not worked in the setting, it would have been impossible to afford this.
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