Here’s a story with a point that I found on the internet years ago. It has a great point that we all could use right now.
After being interviewed by the school administration, the eager teaching prospect summarized the interview.
“Let me see if I’ve got this right. You want me to go into that room with all those kids and fill their every waking moment with a love for learning. I’m supposed to instill a sense of pride in their ethnicity, modify their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse and even censor their T-shirt messages and dress habits.
You want me to wage a war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, check their backpacks for weapons of mass destruction, and raise their self-esteem. You want me to teach them patriotism, good citizenship, sportsmanship, fair play, how to register to vote, how to balance a checkbook, and how to apply for a job.
I am to check their heads for lice, maintain a safe environment, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, make sure all students pass state and government exams, even those who don’t come to school regularly or complete any of their assignments. Plus, I am to make sure that all of the students with handicaps get an equal education regardless of the extent of their mental or physical handicap.
I am to communicate regularly with the parents by letter, newsletter, computer and report card. All of this I am to do with just a piece of chalk, a computer, a few books, a bulletin board, a big smile and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.
You want me to do all of this and then you tell me I can’t pray?”
A few years ago, comedian Jay Leno also commented on today’s very tumultuous world. “With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up countries from one end to the other, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, ‘Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Alliance?'”
Sir Isaac Newton once said that tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy. I’ll say it tactfully. God wants to be involved in the affairs of mankind. One of the ways He does that is through our prayers. Prayer is communication with God. If we stop prayer, we take God out of the equation. We hang up on The ‘Resource of all Resources.’ And everyone loses.
God must feel like the man or woman who said, “My spouse and I had words, but I didn’t get to use mine.” A wonderful thing about God is that His phone line is always open. God doesn’t drop calls. God will never say to you, “Oh no, not you again!”
Given, some folks are doing their level best to take God out of everything. You always have that. But, do you really want to take prayer and thus God out of the equation? Not me. Learn from that teacher applicant. Nothing will improve your prayer life like a really good reason for praying. And the way things are going the next few years just might provide us with some really good reasons to pray.
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