He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher. (Luke 6:39-40)
My fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Hahn, hated children. Her goal was to diminish every child’s self-esteem. My friend and neighbor, Paul, a gentle soul, topped her hit list. She demeaned him, sending him home daily with a knotted stomach. Paul’s mother, a teacher in the same school district, was unable to get Paul out of Mrs. Hahn’s class. No one seemed to be above this mean teacher. Paul and I, deeply distressed, both had health issues that year. I missed over 30 days of school.
I was a blind child led by a blind teacher. One of my pits was my fifth-grade year. Now I realize Mrs. Hahn lived in a perpetual pit, the biggest of which would come later if she didn’t repent. At ten years old I didn’t know I could opt to have Jesus be my teacher. Now as a follower of Jesus, I joyfully opt for Him, His teachings. My goal, a lifelong process, is to be fully trained by Him. I hope Mrs. Hahn was also changed by Jesus’ love.
Father God. Help me learn from and follow Jesus every day until the Fruits of His Spirit are mine also. Let me acquire His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control and share His fruit with others. Amen.