For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
Thought for the Day: Teach Children to Love Themselves and they will love others.
“I am a teacher.” What exactly does that mean? “I teach my children to excel on testing.” Is that the main reason I teach? “I teach my children to work together.” Is that the main reason I teach? “I teach my children to behave and listen to instructions.” Is that the main reason I teach? “I teach my children the skills for their grade level.” Is that the main reason I teach? I can honestly say that I can answer that each of these is “a reason” I teach, but the “main reason”? I can’t answer yes to that. It was thirty-two years ago that I went into my pastor’s office after a long youth trip and told him that I didn’t feel that youth directing was what I was called to do, but I told him that I didn’t know what I was going to do next. He looked at me and said, “You have a teaching certificate, go teach!” I very quickly got a position teaching and I worked hard in my first job as a teacher in a second/third grade split class. At that point, I honestly can say that I just survived. I hardly remember the names of those students and I wasn’t sure of why I was there. It took several years, but then I started sharing stories about my students with my mother, father, and then husband that always put a smile on my face. I loved my students. That day came when I truly began loving my students in a special way.
Today, as I go through my days in the classroom, I teach my students to prepare of testing, I teach them to work together, I teach them to behave and to listen, and I teach them the skills. However, none of those matter if they do not feel loved and feel good about themselves. During a school year, I take many pictures of my students having fun as they learn where at the end of the year, they can take home a scrapbook of the things they did in second grade and can keep the memory alive that they were loved and that someone believed in them. That is the “main reason” I teach.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for children. Help us love our children and in that loving, teach them to love themselves and to feel good about their accomplishments. You are awesome, God! Amen.
Prayer Focus: TEACHERS