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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wednesday Night was Kind of Neat

Each summer on Wednesday nights, men in our congregation sign up to teach class in the auditorium for the adults in attendance.  Tonight's lesson was taught by the oldest man in our congregation.  Elton is 93!  He told Bible story after Bible story - for about 30 minutes - all about how God used small things to work out His Will (Moses' staff and rod, David's sling, the ravens that fed Elijah, the widow's flour and oil that never ran out, and many others).

It was great to hear Elton's stories from the Bible and the details he told about each vessel God used.  Elton's mind is sharp, but his Christian example is even sharper.  He and his wife are always willing to help with anything - whether helping supply food for church events or money to help purchase supplies for special projects.  Many times I see them taking an elderly widowed woman shopping or to doctor's appointment in Altus.  What great examples to all of us who know them!

After Elton's lesson, the children and teens were dismissed from their classes.  We sang a few songs and then had a short devotional.  Tonight the devotional was given by the youngest, young man I've known to give the "mini-lesson" (in recent years, anyway) - our oldest son, Zachary, who is 13.

Zachary has done the devotional thought before a few times and, in fact, began doing it several years ago...but what struck me tonight is that it was the "oldest" and the "youngest".  I thought that was really neat! 

Elton could have said (like unfortunately so many say), "I'm too old.  I wouldn't be able to teach a class.  I don't feel comfortable doing something like that."  But he didn't.  He shared his Biblical knowledge with us tonight.  He shared with us about God's Word.

Zachary could have said, "I'm too young.  I'm too scared.  I don't know enough."  But he didn't.  He shared God's Word with us tonight.  He shared some thoughts about how to live for God daily.

My husband said that the plan this summer is to ask the young boys/teens/men to do the shorter devos after the lessons each week.  It's a good oppotunity for them to get up in front of people and gives them experience in preparing a Bible lesson, but a shorter one.  I asked our almost 12-year-old, Jacob, if he would be interested in doing one.  I wasn't sure what his answer would be, but he said yes.  I look forward to that night!

God can use all of us - no matter what our age!

  Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.  1 Timothy 4:12


Wa Wa Waughs said...

That's awesome! We do something like that in our adult Bible classes in the summer. Many of the men are asked to teach 2 times and that way everyone gets a break and can easily go on vacation, etc. But more than that it gives many men opportunities to lead.

Jed Lovejoy said...

This is so cool to hear about. I really wish I could have a recording of Elton's lesson.

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