From the archives at Christian Book Shop Talk, this never appeared here until now.
The exchange below didn’t actually follow the exact script shown, but when it comes to Sunday School teachers and Christian Education directors purchasing novelty items it’s a scene I’d like to see repeated…
Customer: I’m looking for something to give my Sunday School class on the first week; maybe some pencils or something…
Clerk: You know, kids are pretty high-tech these days, they’re not really impressed with pencils anymore and we’ve kinda stopped ordering them.
Customer: Well, what does that leave? How about some rubber stamp things, or stickers; or one time I got bookmarks with smiley faces…
Clerk: You know, forgive me for saying this, since I don’t know you well, but maybe you should just give them you.
Customer: I’m sorry. What was that?
Clerk: Maybe you should just give them yourself. Pour your life into them. Spend time listening to their stories. Invite them over to your house a few times.
Customer: Okay. I get that. But I really felt I was meant to come in and buy something here today.
Clerk: And so you should. Invest in your own spiritual development. Build yourself up in God’s Word, and then, out of the overflow, you’ll have so much more to give your Sunday School students.
Customer: Like what?
Clerk: I don’t know. It will be different for each person. But something that challenges you to get deeper into Bible study, deeper into prayer, deeper into global missions, deeper into witness… deeper into Jesus.
Customer: But that doesn’t directly benefit my Sunday School class.
Clerk: Actually it does directly. As you are being moved deeper into grace and deeper into knowledge; as you are being moved toward the cross; your kids will pick up on that spiritual momentum. It’s truly the best gift you can give them.