Prayer: May our words and actions be pleasing to you this day, O Lord.
Reading: James 3:1-12 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: I’m not sure how I should take the opening verse of our passage today. James writes, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” Being an adjunct instructor at the collegiate level and teaching our camp staff each during training, maybe my words are judged with greater strictness. Who knows? I also heard the phrase, “Those who do, do. Those who can’t… teach.” That’s disheartening to me, too.
I think that we should revere our teachers. Yes, we may judge them a little more because they are imparting their wisdom. Yes, we may put them on a pedestal and expect more. After all, Jesus was a big teacher. Do we look at his teaching with greater strictness? Do we think he couldn’t do everything so he taught? Of course not. James is just reminding us that we all make mistakes. We are all human. Let’s try to treat one another with dignity, civility, and love. I think our world could use more of that.
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