Published 3/10/2009

Shelia Shares....
"Making A Difference (followup)"

Last week I shared a story of a teacher making a difference in a child's life that has impacted the adult life of that child. The following is another story from a newsletter reader of a teacher making a difference in a child's life, but not in a positive sense.

"Reading your article, my mind went to a story... that is not so great.

"I noticed a young lady (30s) in our church who never sang during the Praise and Worship. Since I had gotten to know her, I asked why. She said with a pained look, ‘When I was in the 4th grade, my teacher stopped the class in mid-song and asked who has that terrible voice? She concluded it was me, and stated, young lady you should never sing in public.' And so she never did.

"Now the Paul Harvey ‘rest of the story.' I then started to encourage her to sing and make music, not for others but for God. Eventually I convinced her to begin to sing and she eventually did. You know what? She does not actually have a bad voice. But most importantly, every Sunday I see her singing with joy on her face and I am thankful we serve a God who hears the heart not the voice!"

We all can make a difference for good or bad in someone's life. Be aware of the impact you can have and be sure it is the impact you want to have.

- Shelia

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