There are many people that go through life never being quite sure of what their true purpose really is. Fortunately, I am not one of them. I came to the realization early on that one’s gifts determine one’s purpose. And for me, teaching has always been at the top of my list. Whether it has meant teaching at the college or university level, or simply in providing instruction to students on the tennis court, as long as I have the opportunity to teach, I’m in my element.
One of the thrills of being a teacher is that it gives me the opportunity to learn many things from my students. I began my formal teaching career in 1993 and over the past twenty years the wealth of knowledge that my students have shared with me has never ceased to amaze me. I remember one particular incident when I was teaching freshman and Sophomore Bible at Takoma Academy, when I gave the class the assignment of creating an acronym with the word faith. I’m sure you can imagine some of the responses I received, especially from the freshmen. Well, believe it or not, one of the best, if not the best response, actually came from a freshman. Their response was that faith is simply Falling Aimlessly Into Trusting Hands. When asked to explain what they meant, the student simply said, “It means letting go, knowing that in whatever direction you fall God will be there to catch you.” Of course, that student got an A for the assignment.
Over the years I have used that student’s response as a way to illustrate to others the concept of faith. What I believe is at the heart of this faith acronym is knowing that whatever may befall us in this life, our confidence should be in knowing that God is right there with us. I believe this is what is meant in Psalm 46:10 when it says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Or in the words of an old Baptist preacher, “When troubles come, we need to let go and let God!” And, what timely words for our nation and the world as new leaders are on the rise and the world’s economy continues to fall! Despite the many changes that are all around us, we must never forget that God is still with us and that He is still in charge. So let go and let God!
- Pr. Charles A. Tapp