Everyone has problems. It’s just a fact of life. Problems come in all sizes and shapes and affect all ages and races. Some problems are viewed as insurmountable and some problems may be viewed as simple annoyances. What they all have in common is that they present a challenge to those they involve.
Realizing this fact, as teachers we must ask ourselves, “Am I offering solutions to real problems?” We know the Word of God has answers to all of life’s problems. Are we conscious of the opportunity we have to make a difference in the lives of those who attend our sessions?
Some of the more common problems many of our class members face today involve:
* relationships, especially marital
* lack of finances and job opportunities
* children and siblings needing a spiritual rebirth
* guilt and remorse over past decisions and actions
* health concerns of their own or loved ones
The Word of God has guidance for each of these areas and part of our responsibility from week to week is to allow the scriptures to come alive with relevant meaning for those who attend our sessions.
Many factors are necessary to have a class that functions as a problem solving experience. One of the primary ingredients is to have a class that is known as a Safe Environment.
A safe environment is one that is genuine in its mission to be a blessing to those who attend. You can tell a class is safe if it is free from ridicule of opinions and expressions expressed by the participants. Discussion of real life events in a class should be fostered by honesty and humility by the leader that would transmit to those who attend.
When we look at the example of Jesus and his interaction with people of all walks of life, we find that they all felt safe in his environment. With Him there was no spirit of condemnation detected, but instead they all felt genuine love and sympathy.
As we help turn our class members’ attention to He who can solve all of life’s problems, we should make sure that we do all in our ability to imitate His ways and particularly His compassion.
There are many to whom life is a painful struggle; they feel their deficiencies, and are miserable and unbelieving; they think they have nothing for which to be grateful. Kind words, looks of sympathy, expressions of appreciation, would be to many a struggling and lonely one as the cup of cold water to a thirsty soul. A word of sympathy, an act of kindness, would lift burdens that rest heavily upon weary shoulders. And every word or deed of unselfish kindness is an expression of the love of Christ for lost humanity. MB 40.
Yes, we as Sabbath School Facili-Teachers are part of the solution, never the problem.