Gentleness lessonWhen Luke’s school asked me to come and speak at their Chapel I was hesitant to agree because I was afraid of taking on yet another responsibility. On top of that, the topic was “gentleness” and if you know me at all, “gentleness” is not exactly a word you’d use to describe me. “Directness” and “truthfulness” might be much better descriptors, but something inside me would not let me say no. It felt as if God was saying to me, you need to do this, it’s time for you to start using your speaking gift to do more. So i said yes and of course I stressed about it up until yesterday when I had to finally speak. I spent the past two weekends in bed with the flu but studying everything from the greek translations of gentleness to the best way to relate gentleness to kids. The night before I couldn’t sleep because I just kept going over the presentation over and over again in my head and getting up to write down new thoughts that came to me. When it came time for me to speak I was really excited to share what I’d learned though. “Teaching is twice taught” as they say so i was probably the one who learned the most from this lesson. You can download the full lesson here: Gentleness lesson. Thanks to my friend Melissa for snapping these shots of us.
I opened up by doing an experiment to see if I could put a metal skewer through a balloon without popping it as a way of demonstrating gentleness. Of course Murphy’s Law had its way and the balloon popped the first time I tried it but luckily I had another balloon on standby and it worked the second time around, to all the kids amazement.I recruited Luke to help me with an improvisation of the difference between an angry response and a gentle one based on a true story between the two of us. I played the angry mom who asked the child to take out the trash and an hour later it was still undone. Luke played the child who talked back and the child who apologized quickly and obeyed his mom. I remembered how his gentle answer immediately turned away my anger that day so it made for a great illustration of the scripture verse Proverbs 15:1 “a gentle answer turns away wrath”. He did an excellent job and I was so proud to teach alongside him in front of his peers.