The Experience of a New Teacher

Gratitude filled the heart of a branch church member when she was appointed to teach in the Sunday School, and much prayerful thought was given to the consecration required for such an important assignment. The desire to trust God implicitly directed her thought to Proverbs, where we read (3:5, 6): "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

She made an earnest study of Article XX, entitled "Sunday School," in the Manual of The Mother Church by Mary Baker Eddy. Section 2 of this article says, "The Sabbath School children shall be taught the Scriptures, and they shall be instructed according to their understanding or ability to grasp the simpler meanings of the divine Principle that they are taught."

This led the member to a more thorough study of the teachings of Christ Jesus and of the writings of our beloved Leader. She saw the need of doing regular metaphysical work for the class and of relying radically on God for inspiration in the teaching. It also became increasingly clear to her that one who accepts the sacred trust of Sunday School teaching should see all the children as naturally receptive to truth. She recognized too that humility expresses itself in the teacher's gracious acceptance of the superintendent's placement of pupils and teachers. Willingness to teach in any age group should be the attitude of a truly dedicated teacher.

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January 21, 1961

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