Tag: teaching

One more year: the best year

James 1:12 “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised.”

As I approached my third year of teaching fifth grade, I knew it was going to be another year of adventure. As I rearranged some furniture in my classroom and put up new bulletin boards, I couldn’t help but smile. God had continuously blessed me with wonderful students, families, and memories that will last a lifetime. Each year presented its own challenges, but they were so little compared to the joy and laughter I experienced with my students and friends at work each day. Students came to know Christ. Bible class was indescribable. I fell in love with each group of students and kept falling in love with teaching.

What Would You Say?

Mark 8:34-35 “And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.”

This three-day week at school was incredibly memorable. It was a fast and very busy week, however I was amazed at the number of “stop and reflect” times I had both alone and with my students.

The Great Teacher

“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” Luke 6:40

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26

In a mere six months of teaching, I have realized this: When you learn from the great Teacher on a daily basis, and you surrender your own plans, ideas, or ways of teaching to Him, there is little stress associated with the “job”.

From day one, I prayed, “God, if you want me to do this, please give me what I need each day. Show me how to be a teacher, because I don’t feel like I can do it.”

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