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Starting yesterday, I began tutoring a six-year-old young man at a Boys and Girls Club in a nearby city here in NJ. An acquaintance of mine is on their board of directors and asked me if I knew anyone who would be available to volunteer two hours a week, two days a week for the next six weeks, so I said, “What about me?”

The program is referred to as the “Power Hour,” and it helps kids in grades K-12 with their reading and math skills. These kids are, for the most part, from single-parent families and are already having a tough time in their young, sprouting lives.

I recently found out that my student has ADD, ADHD, OCD, and while entering the first grade this week, does not know how to read yet. I have been in business for 35 years, and I have dealt with all kinds of people, good and bad. I’ve been through stock market crashes, bank failures and thousands of negotiations, and truth be told, I am totally intimidated by a six-year-old.

I didn’t know about his challenges until after I volunteered, but after much thought and prayer, I am committed to this next six weeks. What I did find interesting is that during the August 25th orientation meeting that I and the other volunteers sat in on, one of the protocol rules was not to talk about religion and to keep the program secular. This was a rule, seeing as how in the past a lot of people from various churches were usually the volunteers (go figure).  

The orientation gave us information on what snacks to bring, what materials we should use to help teach, the people who drop the kids off and pick them up, and lastly the secular thing. At first I thought, “Yeah of course, God forbid, God ever enters into a conversation,” but then I realized, why should I care?

God Does Whatever He Wants To Do

After thinking and praying about it, I realized that God did not need me to talk about Him in order for Him to work. My silent prayers to Him were certainly adequate. I am there to teach a young man how to read; that’s the goal.

God will be there throughout the process and step in when need be because I asked Him to. That’s what He does best quite frankly. Don’t you think? Moving in a given situation when you least expect it, when things seem their most difficult, so we know that God is at work so the results are from Him, and subsequently giving Him the glory, where it belongs. If we are smart about it.

Psalms 115:3 NKJV:  “But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.”

Isaiah 46:10:  “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.’”

Psalms 135:6:  “Whatever the Lord pleases He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deep places.”

Isaiah 45:7:  “I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.”

Is there any doubt after reading these scriptures that the Lord is in control of everything? God is sovereign, and He will do whatever He pleases. How crazy is it to think that because people say He is not allowed in a particular place that He will not be there? God is at work whether we notice Him or not.

It doesn’t matter what anyone says, if God wants to be someplace, well, then He is. I know we are commanded to go out and preach the word, share the good news of the Gospel and lead people to Christ. I believe that even if the opportunity does not present itself, God will still be there.

So, say a prayer for me and my student. For that matter, say one for all the tutors and their students. It is a great program and despite everything, guess what?

God will be there. He has to be. I need Him to calm my nerves.

 

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Joseph Bonacci is an author, speaker, and Bible study teacher. Outside of church, he is a successful financial and investment executive.

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  • Gina Emery

    Love it! God is at work. Doesn’t matter if someone says no talking about God. He will be known! And what a great challenge for you with this little gift God has placed on this earth. Think multi-sensory learning and out of the box teaching. He learns the way he learns. And I bet he is so very smart!

    • http://www.identityfulfilled.com/ IdentityFulfilled

      Thank you Gina for your kind words and great advice.,He was as sharp as a tack as far as I’m concerned :). Are you a teacher?

      Joe

      • Gina Emery

        Hi Joe. I am not a teacher just a parent with a child that “had” LD and I learned a lot from that journey. For some kids, paper and pen doesn’t work. Forming letters with play-doo of pipe cleaners or anything that the hands can do that will help the mind to see. Skipping to the ABC’s/taking the stairs while again saying ABC’s. Movement learning and touch learning, are all great

        • http://www.identityfulfilled.com/ IdentityFulfilled

          Your advice is a blessing 🙂

          • Gina Emery

            Hi Joe – Wondering… How are things going with the little one you tutor? Maybe a new career path? 🙂

          • http://www.identityfulfilled.com/ IdentityFulfilled

            Thank you for asking.,it is going very well. Another career path? Not likely, but I do enjoy it. God Bless

            Joe