Gloria taught a class of second graders during Sunday school
at her local church.
A high school guidance counselor, Gloria realized the importance
of helping children to decide on a career path early in life. She
also believed they should have a firm understanding of the
characters who are written about in God's Word.
Gloria began a series of studies about Old Testament and New
Testament characters. She began the series with a study about
Adam. Other characters on her Old Testament list included Cain,
Abel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, David, Samuel, Ruth,
Rebecca, Esther, Daniel and Jonah.
The list of New Testament characters included Jesus' mother,
Mary, Jesus' earthly father, Joseph, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John,
Peter and the other disciples, as well as the apostle Paul.
At the conclusion of the series, Gloria asked each student to
select one of the characters and write a short biography of that
person. Each student was asked to give a reason why he or she
would or would not want to have lived the life of that particular
Griff was an adventurous young man, so he decided to write about
David, the shepherd boy who became a king. "There are several
reasons I admire David," Griff wrote. "He must have been afraid
of the lion and the bear, but he trusted in God to give him the
victory in all his battles."
Griff's favorite Bible story was the one about David and Goliath,
the giant. "I would have enjoyed living the life of David,
because he was the man after God's own heart," Griff wrote.
Geoff wrote his paper about Esther. "The name of God isn't even
mentioned in the book of Esther, but I could sense God was moving
throughout the entire book as I read it," he wrote.
"Esther was a great Bible character, but I would not want to have
been Esther, because she was a girl," he continued.
Gary wrote about the prophet Jonah, who was called to preach to
the people of Nineveh. Gary wrote. "He ran away from God's call
on his life, and I don't understand that. I hope I'll always be
willing to do what God wants me to do."
Gary wrote that eventually Jonah went to preach to the city of
Nineveh. "But he had a lesson to learn first," Gary wrote. "He
got on a boat, was thrown overboard and wound up in the belly of
a great fish, where he lived for three days and three nights.
Then the Lord spoke to the great fish, which threw Jonah up on
Gary thought of a comical way to end his paper. "I think when the
great fish got together with his buddies after that, he probably
had to tell them the story about the one that got away!," he
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