Tuesday, March 08, 2005


I received an urgent call this morning. The scheduled substitute for a middle school English teacher couldn't start her car. Could I fill in at the last minute? So being a brave (or crazy?) person, I ventured forth to teach Shakespeare to 8th graders - with no preparation whatsoever!

The teacher had left a thinking exercise for them to ponder, related to their study of Romeo and Juliet. If you have ever read the play, you know Romeo and Juliet were completely enthralled with each other and married on the sly. But then before they'd ever even embarked on their life together, Romeo slays a man. His punishment is banishment from the town and death if he ever returned. He would have to leave his beloved Juliet behind.

Students were asked to write down if there were anyone or anything they felt they couldn't live without. Secondly, what would be hardest to live without other than your family? Many students avoided thinking too deeply about this. We had a couple of good laughs. But it's an interesting question to ask yourself and consider.

We never know when our most precious relationships or possessions may be stripped away. What or who really moves your heart? What are you so invested in that you cannot bear to lose? How would Jesus see your answers to these questions?

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Luke 12:34