Though it has been years since he was in her class, my son has always looked up to his kindergarten teacher. Mrs. B became his favorite person of all time during the first week of kindergarten. It started with small things like an extra hug when he was crying for mommy or when she just smiled at him when he ate the goldfish that were supposed to be used for a math assignment. (In his defense, who gives a hungry boy food to learn math? He thought it was snack time.)
In his eyes, she is a saint and anything she tells him is the gospel. She could tell him the sky was red and he’d likely believe it. His eternal adoration was solidified when she told the class about Jesus and salvation. She explained how they needed to ask Him into their hearts to be saved and go to heaven. My little one knelt right there in class and gave his life to Christ.
Strangely enough it was as if my sweet little boy had never heard about the cross, Jesus or eternal life before. We’d read him Christian story books since birth. We’d taken him to church his entire young life. We’d talked to him about Jesus. We sang songs about God. We watched Christian stories on television and had bibles throughout the house. Yet, when he heard the message of Jesus from his revered kindergarten teacher, it affected him like never before. The same message but in a different voice made all the difference.
Since giving his life to Christ my son received a boldness to witness to others. He has talked to people about Jesus on airplanes, in the grocery store, on the ball field and even led a little boy to Christ during his sister’s dance recital. He continues to pray for the salvation of those he has witnessed to but weren’t receptive to the message at that time.
We may never know how the words we say may impact another person. There are times that we are placed in the path of another person for the purpose of speaking into their life. God may use us to answer a person’s prayer, ease a fear, confirm a direction, or plant a seed. There are times when we may feel led to witness to another person and our voice may be the one that makes the difference in that person’s life. Our words can make a difference!
From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18: 20-21 (NIV)