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Thinking back over the 18 plus years of schooling I have embarked upon in my lifetime, I immediately thought of a multitude of joyous occasions to share with our EmpowerMoments readers. It was then that I recognized that the most influential lesson I learned was a result of my very first suspension from school. As my Spanish teacher distributed the graded exams from the week prior, I laughed and giggled with my tenth grade friends certain that I had passed with flying colors. When the paper arrived on my desk full of red marks, my first reaction was to blurt out, “This is trifling!” As I searched the entire sheet for an indication as to why I received such a low score, my teacher approached my desk and sent me directly to the principal because ‘I called her trifling!’
It was when I arrived in the office that I realized just how serious everyone else was taking this one word. In my mind it was my phrase of the month, nothing more than a mere cliché that I had adapted for everything. I was issued a two-day suspension and a phone call to my parent; I became even more enraged because of the disciplinary actions taken. My verbiage of choice was not one that deserved a bleep or a sensor; yet, I was being penalized to the fullest extent of my school district.
“For your iniquity teaches your mouth, and you choose the tongue of the crafty. Your own mouth condemns you and not I; your own lips testify against you.” (Job 15:5-6 AMP)
Two days of suspension and a month after being grounded, I still didn’t fully understand what I had done wrong in this situation to have my social life placed on pause. Back then I chose to use the word in a very loose context but the definition was purely insulting. It did not make total sense until I grew older and developed a personal connection with God for myself. Just as my teacher felt disrespected by my preferred adjective, I would be even more appalled if my relationship with the Father was labeled with such an offensive and harsh term. Recently, a guy that I know challenged the depth of my love for Christ in a joking manner, but I ended up feeling the sting of his words much like my teacher did back in 2000. At first I wanted to send him to the nearest principal’s office to be reprimanded when I remembered that Romans 10:9 boldly states that if I believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and God raised Him from the dead, I am saved without dispute. It was then that I realized just how serious my actions were years ago and I FINALLY accepted my punishment.
Thank You for allowing me to learn the lessons, even if they occur years later. Help me to stay sensitive to the words I speak into the atmosphere for they can easily become applicable to my life. Fill me with words of Your love so that people will be able to see You and none of me. Please keep me grounded in You that my ears, eyes, and mouth gates will continuously bring glory to Your Kingdom at all times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Women of God, I EMPOWER you to think back over your days and look at the bigger picture of it all. Even the happiest times taught you a lesson that can help you to become a better Christian. Never allow the enemy an opportunity to let his “trifling” ways shine through on a child of God like you. Have a Blessed week. ☺
What moments from your past or current school days have taught you lessons in becoming a better Christian?
Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management. She resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She serves tirelessly with the Evangelism Team there. Latasha also works at Mt. Zion as a member of the Administrative Support Staff. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.” Isaiah 54:17