“In five years, you will be the same person you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” – Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

Charlie Jones said two simple things have the capacity to change you; who you meet and what you read.  I have a thought.  What if you READ about exceptional PEOPLE?  What if we read to our classes about exceptional people?  Will it change them?  Will it help them in their decision making?  Will it point them toward life?

During VBS or day camps, I’ve started reading to my class while they eat their snack.  To be honest, this idea was born out of me asking, “How can I maintain peace and quiet during snack time?”  After a couple years of doing this, I’ve seen the fruit!  Yes, it takes some time to find a good article, book or audio book that reinforces the theme for the day.  It’s worth it when I watch the kids really soak in the story and learn Godly principles.

When teaching about excellence I shared about Johann Sebastian Bach who signed Soli Deo Gloria (to the glory of God alone) on all of his compositions.  I recently read a captivating true story called The Kid Who Changed The World to emphasize that everything you do matters so don’t waste time comparing yourself with other people.  There is a vast selection of biographies about the Founding Fathers and renown early Americans available at wallbuilders.com that I’m anxious to dig into and share with future classes.

These notable stories supplement the Greatest Story!  When I’m personally looking for encouragement I love reading about the great heroes of faith in Hebrews 11.  Or if I feel like I have it rough I read about Paul who spent his time in prison more concerned about others and writing to edify them!

Never underestimate the power of a story.  Read to your class about exceptional people.  I believe it will change them!

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Samarah Vermeer is passionate about equipping the next generation with the Word of God! After school, she returned to her small Iowa hometown and spent many years serving in children’s ministry, directing summer camp, and handling church finances. She is now married to her favorite farmer, volunteers in the children’s department at Family Worship Center in Sioux City, IA and writes Sunday School curriculum. Samarah is a graduate of Domata School of Missions and Rhema Bible Training Center. She loves books and bookstores, cooking and cooking shows, deep conversations and traveling to new places-- most likely with some chocolate in her purse.

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