Character in Real Life - One-Minute Testimonials
TOLERANCE –A One-Minute Testimonial Announcement
Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
Contributed from Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations
MY HANDICAPPED TEACHER
I’ll never forget my first day or my initial impression of the teacher. I immediately lost respect for him because of his physical appearance. His legs were so pitifully entangled that he had not walked without the aid of crutches during his thirty-three years. He also suffered from a hearing loss and blindness in one eye. I assumed that a man with such severe disabilities could not teach effectively.
“I live with my parents in Trustville, which is about twenty-five miles each way,” he said in his opening. “I can’t drive, and I wonder if some of you would pray about giving me a ride every day.”
I volunteered to pick him up every morning. It seemed the least I could for someone in his condition. He continued on, “Class, when you look at me, many of you don’t have much respect for me because I’m not much to look at.” Before the tears could spill I had asked God to forgive me.
“Although I’m handicapped, Jesus Christ is on the throne of my life,” my teacher continued. “I’ve studied Greek for most of my life. In fact, it is my life. I can’t preach or travel but I can teach Greek, and I’m going to teach you more than you’ve ever learned in your life.” The class stood up and burst into applause.
During our drives to school, the Greek professor and I exchanged life stories. His physical disabilities were caused by complications that arose during his mother’s pregnancy, but he certainly was not limited in intellectual ability. He certainly taught us Greek!
I grew to love him, and one day I asked his forgiveness for my judgmental attitude. Through him I learned a valuable lesson—that God alone can judge. Our only concern should be to hear God say: “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
[Adapted with permission from Encylopedia of 15,000 Illustrations, by Paul Lee Tan, Communications, Inc., Dallas, TX, 1998, #734-5]
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