Alphabet Faith Stories: Effective Emily

A team works together

E: Effective Emily–II Peter 1:8–“For if you possess these qualities (goodness, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love) in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NIV)

Your Dictionary definition of Effective:

  • Having an effect; producing a result
  • Producing a definite or desired result; efficient
  • In effect; operative; active
  • Actual, not merely potential or theoretical
  • Making a striking impression; impressive
  • Equipped and ready for combat

Phrases often used with the word effective:

  • Effective actions need planning
  • The new policies have been effective
  • The students found the lesson to be effective
  • This is an effective tool to remove weeds
  • Effective teaching can be difficult

Effective Emily”s Story:

“Emily was a sixth grade teacher who taught a variety of subjects to her students. Today, however, she decided to teach them about “teamwork” and how important it is that they all work together as a team in order to achieve the results that were desired.

She began by dividing her students into two groups: the bears and the bobcats. The students were eager to see what type of game Miss Emily had for them, and they began to get excited as she explained the rules of soccer.

First, they all had to work together with everyone on their team; second they had to be considerate and kind to one another; and third they had to be happy for the winning team.

Everyone eagerly accepted the rules before they went outside to play soccer which was the one physical activity they all enjoyed playing on the playground. Captains were selected by Miss Emily, and they divided into two teams. Miss Emily had the captains shake hands before she blew the whistle to begin.

After the game began, Miss Emily noticed that two of the players on the same team were arguing with each other. As she approached them, she overheard one loudly say, “You could have made a point, but you slowed down.” The other team mate argued that “there was not enough open space for her to kick the ball toward the goal.” Miss Emily decided to pull the students aside to talk with them as the other students waited on the sidelines.

Miss Emily thought this would be a good time to go over the rules that were discussed and everyone had accepted before the game began. She readily saw that both students were not being kind to one another and not acting like a team player. As soon as she asked them about the rules, it was as though a “light bulb” went off and they both realized that they were not following the rules. They agreed that they could go back in the game and be a team player.

Both teams finished playing a great game and the score was tied. When Miss Emily talked about the outcome with her students, they were all pleased that they played a good game, did their best, and were able to learn about the importance of rules and being a good team player.

That day, Miss Emily felt impressed with her students’ attitudes and prayed that they would all be effective and fruitful not only in their educational endeavors but in living their lives for the Lord. After all, this was a Christian school and she felt herself fortunate that she was able to teach Godly principles as a teacher in her school setting.”

II Timothy 2:15 says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (NIV) Let us all do our best and follow God’s commandments wherever He places us by allowing the Spirit to help us be effective in our daily living for Him.