The big yellow school bus
rounded the corner this morning. Was I ever excited! I wasn’t
because the neighborhood would suddenly become silent; rather, I was
excited for the young girls
and boys whose faces glowed with anticipation of another school
neighborhood is full of children and they travel in clusters as they
the bus stop. If you want a real education, just spend time watching
listening to them as they pass by. They giggle and talk… a lot,
bat each other on the back, and this morning’s conversation was
students (these were elementary kids) were “seniors” this year. I
but suppress a laugh!
I get excited about the start of school because their teachers are
preparing them to become our next
generation of community leaders. If all goes well, the children will
learn new skills, graduate from
one grade level to another, and one day, we will share the joy of
Like our young students, mature adults prepare for a particular task
or season. Where we
sometimes fall short is that we forever remain infants in our faith
journey. We spend time as youth
learning about our faith…and then we stop learning because we feel
it is no longer necessary.
Jesus called his chosen twelve, disciples, which means “a student of
a teacher.” Later, he began
calling them apostles, which means, “an important Christian
teacher.” There was a reason for this
shift – time, education, practice, and experience (formation) helped
them mature to the point that
they could now teach others about Christianity and Jesus.
The yellow school bus is a stark reminder that God wants us to not
only be his disciples, but he
wants us to mature to the point that we can “graduate” to
apostleship. Sometimes, we let our fears
about our abilities, our understanding of the faith, and our
nervousness about being in front of
others get in our way – and we never allow ourselves to graduate!
One thing that any wise teacher will tell you is that they are
always a student. They learn from you,
with you, and dig deeper to learn even more about their faith. Why
not take the plunge this year
and consider becoming an apostle?
Two of our youth and two adults are already on their way to being
great apostles. After
participating in VBS and helping others celebrate God’s goodness,
Brady and Brett Noel have
volunteered to plan and lead the VBS program next summer. Crissy has
volunteered to assist with
our Little Lambs. And Danielle, a Little Lamb teacher, is planning
our Christmas pageant.
They have graduated. Why not consider joining them?
An Apostle who is always
learning, Pastor Sue