As the librarian for Tuesday and Thursday evenings, I sit surrounded by books. Books of doctrine, languages, culture, social sciences, apologetics, eschatology, and on and on the topics go. And then there are history books: Church History, American History, World History – a vast amount of individual lives is recorded in those volumes. What makes one desire to know the significance of those lives? For me, it took a teacher genuinely devoted to what he loves: history. Mr. Randy has given this librarian an appreciation for history as well as opening my eyes to world views with keener biblical discernment. Whereas, all the books in the library give information, Mr. Randy, better than a computerized machine, taught while sharing his heart and making the stories come alive. His creativity in having students dress for a part and even having them act their parts invited an energizing assessment of the classroom. Who needs a library when you have Mr. Randy?!
Moral of the story: Good teachers are worth cherishing! “Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher” (Luke 6:40).
In 2014, I finally earned my associate degree in Bible after a 30-year absence from college life. During this auspicious interval of my life, I had the privilege of helping in the college library. And it was there, at Carolina College of Biblical Studies in Fayetteville, North Carolina, that I was motivated to write, and did in fact write my “Episodes in the Library!”
In celebration of five years blogging through the avenue of WordPress, I will be posting an Episode each day (there are a total of eleven). They are short and raw but nonetheless, I enjoyed the time in the library as well as the “Colorful Gems” that came to me!