Iron Man

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you”  Deuteronomy 31:6 (NASB)

I am a principal at a Christian high school. But there are still plenty of discipline issues that I need to handle.

One day I had a very large (6’3”, 220lbs.) athletic student in my office, Marcus, because of his repeated problems with disrupting classes. I challenged him not to just “be good”, but also to help me by using his size and personality to enforce school pride and an honorable environment.

He responded great to my little talk, but I still needed to “punish” him for past behavior. I saw that he was wearing an IRON MAN t-shirt, so I told him to write out Deuteronomy 31:6 one hundred times.

One week later, he broke up a fight by picking up an angry student. He held his schoolmate off the ground and proceeded to explain to him to calm down and think about what he was doing.

Marcus was being ‘strong and courageous’ for God.


Heavenly Father, make me ‘strong and courageous’ in my deeds, because You are ‘the one who goes with me’. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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