November 27, 2021

Pastoral Nuggets: Nothing of Importance Happened Today – REALLY?

Periodically, I write a column I have titled, “An Encouraging Word to Teachers.”

I e-mail it to the faculty and staff of the two schools with whom the Troup Baptist Association serves as a Partner in Education.

Below, you will find the column I wrote and sent for the final day of this school year.

While the target of the column is the teachers and staff of these schools, I believe there is a lesson in this column that will help each of us.

That being, sometimes we accomplish the most important things – when we are faithful to continue doing routine things in routine ways. Please read on:

“An excerpt from the diary of King George III of England stated, ‘Nothing of importance happened today.’  It was dated July 4, 1776!  But oh, quite to the contrary, something of great importance did happen that day!  He just didn’t know it!  (The thirteen colonies declared their independence from England!)

When I ran across this little tidbit of information, I thought about you teachers and administrators. Today is the last day of school for this school year.

After today, your little kiddies will be out for the summer and most of you will take time for some much needed rest and relaxation. But I couldn’t help but think that, just maybe, during the course of this school year there may have been days when you left work thinking: Nothing of importance happened today.

You surmised that it was just a routine day filled with routine stuff. But I also couldn’t help but think that sometimes, during those routine days, is when the really important things happen. What things? Things like learning, nurturing, encouragement, and inspiration. You know – the things that a teacher does – every day!

As with King George III of England, it may take a while before you learn the importance of the events that occurred in your classroom or job assignment in 2018. In fact, you may never know. But rest assured, something of great importance happened. You did what you have been gifted to do. You taught your babies. You made a difference. And I thank you for that!

Mark 10: 13-14 says, “And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.

14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”

It has been my great joy to occasionally send these encouraging words to you, pray for you, encourage you, and partner with your school. Y’all are my heroes!

To those of you who are returning next year, I look forward to working with you again!  And to those who won’t be returning, it has been my joy to get to know you. I wish you much success in all your future endeavors!”

In life, I have learned that the most important lessons are taught, quite often, by those who are simply faithful to continue to doing routine stuff in routine ways. Things like loving our spouse, loving our children and grandchildren, being there, being involved in their lives, caring, being involved in a Bible believing Christian church, working to support our family, encouraging each other, affirming each other, and all the other things Christians do every day.

At the end of the day, when our babies are grown and have left the nest, we may look back over our ordinary lives and think:  Nothing of importance happened. To which I loving ask, REALLY? Oh yes it did! You just don’t know it yet!

Brother Aaron

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