Two of my daughters are affectionately known by their sister as “BAND GEEKS.” One plays in the high school band and the oldest now marches in her college band. As a proud band parent, I am amazed by the hours of preparation and rehearsal that my daughters devote to mastering their respective instruments and marching bands dedicates to perfecting each maneuver of their ten minute halftime show.
Bands began preparing for the halftime show months prior to the actual performance. As an adult Sunday School teacher, preparation is the key to great lessons. Great lessons start early in the week. Good lesson preparation balances the relational and the Biblical aspects of teaching. Knowing the basic thrust of the lesson early in the week allows me to pray over the lesson, seek God’s guidance on how the lesson impacts my students, and adequately study the passage of scripture. By Friday or Saturday morning, the actual lesson plan comes together, materials are secured, and the room is prepared.
While my desire each Sunday morning is to hit a home run for God, there are days honestly when I bow my head during worship and ask God’s forgiveness for not adequately preparing. Preparation does not guarantee perfection but it does lead to greater excellence.
As I attend the local football game tonight, I will secretly wish that the spectators would honor these band students for their commitment by listening intently and applauding appropriately. They deserve it. Let me assure you that your work as a Sunday School teacher never goes unnoticed and unappreciated. You might not hear the applauds on Sunday morning, but one day the Lord will say “Well done, thy good and faithful servant.” Remember: Preparation does not guarantee perfection but it does lead to greater excellence.
(Let me encourage you to go to a local marching band contest, you will be amazed by the quality and excellence demonstrated. And the spectators are respectful.)