Do you ever have the kind of thought that stops you in your track? I did last night as I was preparing dinner.
For whatever reason I was thinking about the year my daughter took Horticulture when she was in Junior High. She was all about horticulture. We planted things, tended them, and then planted more. She and I did some landscaping around the house. Almost every day she came home talking about what her horticulture teacher had done or said that day.
Which reminded me of my Senior English teacher. I was in north Houston in 1994, about 13 years after I had graduated, and decided to stop by and check on her at the school she was then teaching at. I sat in the school’s office and waited for her to come down – as did another of her former students who was between 5 and 10 years older than I. Before she got there, another former student, from the late 80’s, stopped by to check in with her.
Do you have teachers like that? I remember my American History teacher from my freshman year of high school. I called him a couple of years ago to get the source for a week’s worth of lessons we had done. If you, like my daughter and I, have been blessed with teachers who are passionate about 1) their subject matter, and 2) making you love it as much as they do, you know what I mean.
I think people’s lives are changed by such passionate teachers. I think careers are chosen based on the direction such teachers take us. Passion is infectious.
Now, back to the subject line: Why did you become a Christian? I know: the answer is supposed to be because you wanted to go to heaven, or were afraid of going to hell, or fell in love with Jesus, or something “spiritual” like that.
I can’t help but think, in light of these thoughts from last night, that a big part of my becoming Christian, of my choosing to follow Jesus, was that I saw the same decision being lived out passionately and credibly by people who meant something to me.
Plenty of people make that decision because of the persuasive abilities of a preacher or teacher. I suspect, though, that the ones for whom such decisions “stick,” though, are the ones who are not set adrift with a personal copy of the Bible after such a decision, but the ones who have someone credible and passionate to follow after.
So, who was that person, or who were those people for you? (Maybe now would be a good time to let them know, if you haven’t already).
And here’s the clincher: Who are those people for whom YOU are the passionate and credible follower of Jesus?