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Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Breach of Promise

What very sincere promise did you once make but failed to deliver on? Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1371).

I was 23 years old and living in Miami.  One Sunday I attended a United Methodist Church there for the first time.  That very Sunday I was made the teacher of a youth class full of unruly students.  I agreed to be the teacher.  After several weeks of class disorder, I never attended the church again, and made no attempt to communicate with the church office.  Looking back, I accept responsibility for this breach of promise, but feel there were extenuating circumstances.  I think the church's eagerness to put me in charge of a youth class knowing nothing about me and with no vetting whatever indicated a certain irresponsibility (or desperation) on their part.  I felt very bad about my irresponsible behavior--very much a failure, but not so bad as to return.

A side note:  The Sound of Music portrayed my model for the perfect teacher--if I could only be like Maria and fill the classroom with grace and charm and win the love and respect of all the students--where even discipline was fun.   Alas, I seldom have seen this model perfectly replicated. 

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