A few years ago, I was ready to quit on life. It seemed as if nothing was going right. I had no hope, no chance of turning things around. That's when I received "The Card."
Tyler was a great young man, adored by all his teachers and his friends. He was the "model student." Teachers wished every student was like him, and parents wished their kids were like him. He was just a joy to be around.
I got to know him that year through FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). He volunteered to be one of our huddle leaders that year. He faithfully helped out when help was needed and actively participated in various events.
At the end of that school year, he walked into my classroom with a card. He handed it to me and thanked me for a great year. I thanked him back and sat down to read the card as he left my classroom. From the first sentence, I knew it was something special. I was in tears halfway through the card as he thanked me for inspiring him and becoming his role model. I shook my head in disbelief. How could I mean so much to a person? My thoughts of ending my life ended that day. I had a reason to live. I could make an impact in this world.
One thing that did not end was our friendship. He is in college now, and through being there for each other in various trials of life, we have become best friends. Sure, he may not be known worldwide for his generosity and love, but through one simple card, he has afforded me the opportunity to show that love and generostity to every student who walks in my classroom. He saved my life, and because of that, I can now "Pass It On." When I look at an everyday hero, I look at my best friend...we all should be so fortunate.
Submitted by Anonymous
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