Archive for January 31st, 2008
I had a realization the other day. I can’t save everyone. I can’t rescue my students. (Well, I guess I could, but it would be wrong.)
The day I felt so burdened I pulled a couple of my students into my arms and told them through a tear-choked voice,
“I’m sorry life is so hard. I’m sorry you don’t have enough money for food. I’m sorry parents make bad decisions and I’m sorry I can’t do anything to stop it.”
One of my students looked me in the eye and said very gently, “But you point us to God, that’s the best thing you could do.”
The tears continued to flow but now I was smiling.
She’s right. I can’t save them from the life they live. I can’t help the fact that they’re caught in the deadening cycle of our “me-first” culture. If I did I might be stealing from them the lessons God is using to make them the adults He wants them to be.
He is the only one who can save them.
He is their only rescue.
I can just point the way.