Christina Kirk blogs:
My students are the best. I give out good behaviour tickets to them when they behave in class and they can use those like money to buy things. They are usually simple things. A free homework assignment. Use of a pen on any assignment they choose. If they really save up for a long time, I’ll even let them buy a CD with parental permission.
What I didn’t expect was to have some of the students to ask me if they could buy a Bible with those tickets. I bought an ESV Bible not that long ago and I use it in class on a daily basis. They love it when I read from that Bible. It started with one student. He asked if he could buy a Bible with tickets. But it didn’t end there. By the end of the day, my five students out of twelve wanted new ESV Bibles. It did my heart proud. I am so pleased to hear them actually want to read the Word.
Even some of my students who didn’t have the tickets paid for it with money. One didn’t have the money either, but I wasn’t going to deny him the right to hold the Word of God in his hands. I dedicated each Bible to each of my students, placed a Bible verse reference that was different on each of their Bibles, and said a prayer as I gave it to them. I prayed that even though I won’t be here next year because the school board didn’t renew my contract, that they would remain faithful to God’s Word. That parents, teachers, and their pastors would continue to help them grow in the knowledge of the saving grace found in Christ Jesus’ death and resurrection on the cross. I pray that they will come to remember their Baptism daily and come to the Lord’s Supper for the forgiveness of their sins. I may never know what will come of what God has planted here through me, but I pray that it does grow, for the sake of my students whom I would like to see in heaven, especially if I never see them again here on earth.