Last October, my wife and I made the decision to look for a new puppy. A year earlier, we had lost our beloved Sprinkles after 15 great year of love and companionship. What a great dog and friend, Sprinkles had been to me, my wife and especially my daughters. There will never be another dog like Sprinkles. So kind and so loving and so loyal.
First, what kind of dog should we get? Sprinkles was a Shih Tzu. Our first dog as a couple who lived almost 18 years was a Cock-a-poo. And what a great dog, Bogart was. In fact, my dad would always say about Sprinkie-dink that he’s a good dog but he not’s Bogart. Our search began with reading about different breeds. We made the decision to stay with a small-medium size dog. My wife had some crazy love affair going for a Corgi, something about their cute ears.
The search began long after a longing and desire had sprung. One day during the summer, I almost brought home a little Shih Tzu but knew this was a decision that my wife should make together. After a search, we made our way to Shelbyville, Tennessee to check out a new litter of little Shih Tzu. One caught our attention, the breeder called him “Chocolate.” On the way home, my wife said, “I want him.” And our little “Bandit” was chosen.
In John 15:16, the Bible says that you did not choose me, but I chose you. Think about that, God chose me. He chose you.
John goes on to write, that I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. God chose us to bear fruit and he promises that he will provide anything that we need to produce fruit.
As a Sunday School leader, recognize that even before your church chose you and enlisted you to serve, God chose you. You and everyone of those that you teach and lead are fearfully and wonderfully made. They have been chosen to do good works. Your group members can change your church. They can change your community. The key is to see your class members not just as students but as missionaries who you are equipping to serve on a mission field.
Let’s START today…we were chosen for a purpose.
By Mark Miller, Sunday School Specialist, Tennessee Baptist Convention