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Monday Musings 16/05/11

Mr. Mann, I fear what will become of your son…

These were the words spoken to me and my father while sitting in my principal’s office during the last year of my high school education.

Obviously, high school for me is not a good memory and was certainly not the best years of my education.  Needless to say, those words spoken by my principal that day could have been devastating words of death but somehow, I chose to rise to the challenge and prove him wrong.

One year later, I went on to Bible College where I would experience a complete reversal in my marks and these truly became the best years of my education.

For the past week, I have been co-teaching an intensive church planting course with a friend of mine –
Garry Fess from London, Ontario.  We have taught by day, prepared lessons by night and marked papers in between.  During the course of this week, I have found myself revisiting the meeting my father and I had with my principal some thirty four years ago.  I wonder what my high school principal would have to say today if he knew I was teaching a course, marking assignments, essays and preparing a final exam.  God must have a sense of humour!!!!

It is a reminder that people can say whatever they want about you, but ultimately it is you and the help of God that makes the difference in one’s life.  Words of death do not have to destroy you, they can catapult you to new levels.

By the way, Garry and I are impressed with the quality of students here at TTC.  They are bright, articulate, and have a passion for the church.  If these first year students are any indication, the future of the church here in Zambia is very promising!!!

Until next Monday…

Don

Taking risks for Kingdom impact!

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