“You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong…” – Exodus 23:2a
Any elementary teacher, staff or administrator, in their right mind, would completely understand just how important it is to NEVER allow just ONE student the right to go to the restroom at any given time, other than the designated breaks built into the school day.
Case in point, it’s Guidance Class and I’m teaching character to a room full of first graders. “Sally” (fake name to protect the ‘not-so-innocent’) had asked to go to the restroom during my lesson. By the looks of her movements, this was an emergency. In these cases, you, as an educator have to allow it. So, I told “Sally”, yes, come right back please. Not even two seconds back into my lesson, I heard another student request a restroom break, and then another. I told the class that since it’s not an emergency, everyone will have to wait until their teacher returns. This seemed to quiet them, and all was well until “Johnny” decided to get up from the carpet, walk all the way across the room, rather slowly, to get a Kleenex. As fate would have it, five other “Johnnies” are now suddenly compelled to follow suit. What transpired next could only be described as a five-minute symphony of adolescent nose blowing. I love my job!
It’s so easy to follow others especially when we see the advantages of their success. We want what they have and if we do what they do, it just might happen to us. But if we belong to Christ, what others have should not be our focus. Our way of thinking has got to change to see true success the way God intended for our lives. In Matthew 15:13-14, it says, “Jesus replied, Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be uprooted, so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.” Jesus is responding to His disciples after they questioned Him about offending the Pharisees.
Know who you are following.
It is very important to make sure who or what you are following or being influenced by is truly from the Lord. If unsure, ask God to reveal to you if this influence should be uprooted in your life.
I was reminded of this passage tonight drinking coffee with a good friend, Proverbs 3:6 “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” Whatever we do, wherever we go, whoever we follow, it is vital to regard the Lord in our decision making. I have recently experienced the depth of that verse and just how important a quick decision can be costly. Yes, even choosing whom we follow! By acknowledging God in all our ways, we are also giving God all rights to our outcome. Simple truth, but sometimes not simply done.
Amy Frazier is a traveling worship leader, singer/songwriter and blogger out of Oklahoma City. Amy has a passion to write for the church about real life experiences so others can relate as well as see God’s mighty hand in their circumstances, with a little humor added. For more information about Amy, please go to her website at: http://www.amyfrazier.com Join her Facebook page for updates throughout the year @ Amy Frazier Music. You can also find her on Twitter at @amyfraziermusic