What should I say about well-being on a day when I'm going to skip the gym and maybe stay home from work because I feel so run-down? It's a good day to switch to spiritual well-being.
For this academic year, I have been a regular helped in the religious education program at my church rather than being a teacher assigned to an any one grade. Yesterday was the first time that I was actually called on to take on a class. I had expected to help the program director stuff envelopes for the family life unit. Instead, as I arrived to deliver my own kids just at the start of class time, I was asked, "Do you want to teach second grade today?" After a quick "Sure!" the class began.
What did I have to work with? The kids' text book. Some fairly well behaved kids. And some paper and crayons. Did I manage to pull it off? Yes. It was a class about making choices, how our conscience and the Holy Spirit can guide us in our choices, and the difference between a sin and a mistake or accident. Having taught the fourth grade class using the same text book series for about seven years, I had taught similar lessons before. The kids were willing to share and we talked about everything from how they get in trouble on the playground, to whether they would forgive a friend who got them in trouble, to how many commandments there were. I even joked with one child who told me that he had a book on the Ten Commandments when I asked if all ten were included in the book. And, we used the crayons and paper to make a card or picture about something for which we were sorry. We had everything from sibling squabbles to spilling soda someplace a kid wasn't supposed to have soda at all. While I think that one reason I feel worse today than yesterday rather than better was the effort it took me to go with this class for 1 hour and 15 minutes, I felt spiritually charged about sharing my faith with these kids at the end of class yesterday.
So, while I continue to drag with a cold, I am satisfied with other parts of my well-being.