A Good Name
“Whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” —John 15:16 (rsv)
I was called in at the very last minute to substitute in a very lively class of fourth graders. Feeling disorganized and unprepared, I felt even worse when I searched the desk and couldn’t find the lesson plan the principal had mentioned. God, help me get through this day. Or if You are really busy, at least this morning.
I did find the roll book, though, and just as I was about to call names, a boy sidled up to my desk and whispered among the roar, “Miss, when you call the roll, can you please do it by first names, not by last?”
Mystified, I murmured, “Sure,” and he looked relieved. As I scanned the list, I saw his reason; his last name was Looney. I could just imagine the catcalls and teasing he got when his name was mentioned.
The best thing was, it gave me a good idea for the impromptu lesson: “What does it mean to have a good name?” As the kids came up with answers—good reputation, no lying, no cheating, no stealing—a nice little discussion followed.
As I dismissed them for lunch, another kid sidled up to my desk. “Uh, teacher?”
“Um, some kids and I thought it’d be funny to put your lesson plan up there.” He pointed to the top of a very tall cabinet. I opened my mouth to scold him but then stopped. “Thank you for being honest,” I said. He grinned. “I have my good name to think about!”
Lord, let me be honest and kind today. In all I do, let me try to keep my good name.
Written by Linda Neukrug
Digging Deeper: Prv 12:22; 2 Cor 8:21
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