Yesterday we had the opportunity to go to the local primary school and talk to the grade seven students. The first two classes bounded into the room in cheerful excitement with loud shrieks and bubbly voices. The students interacted well with us and seemed interested in what we were saying.
The third group were marched into the room by the strictest teacher I have ever seen. I forgot that I was an adult and felt like one of the students as she barked out strict instructions of who was to sit where, reminding them to behave and be silent. The children sat like little scared robots staring at us with big eyes as if she had briefed them they were about to get a presentation from murderers and thieves.
Halfway into our presentation however, another teacher came and whispered something to the strict teacher and she was called away. The change in the students was immediate as the little robots became students who laughed, talked and engaged with us during our presentation.
I was struck by the impact that this teacher was able to have on her students, and I was convicted by my own actions and started wondering about the affect that I have on those around me.
2 Corinthians 2 vs 15
“For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.”
What a privilege and responsibility we have when we walk into a room filled with people or when we meet one on one with someone, to be the aroma of Christ.
The fact that this one teacher had such power to create an environment of fear gave me such an excitement in my Spirit at the opportunity to do the exact opposite. In every opportunity to be an aroma of Christ and by being filled with the Spirit to bring His joy, peace and light into every situation.