…or The Walking Dead, better known as zombies these days, trickle into our classrooms everyday. Usually it’s just a few, so sometimes they may go unnoticed. That blank stare, those sad eyes, the unwillingness to participate, and that I don’t care attitude are all indicators that although they are living, their souls may be lifeless.
As I write my blog posts each week, my goal is to encourage teachers. However, sometimes encouragement isn’t achieved until we put our hands to the plow by looking into the eyes of our students, assessing if all is well, and if it’s not, reminding them of their purpose and destiny. It’s at that point we are blessed and encouraged.
This not only applies to students in our classrooms, but to anybody we encounter who has that dead look in their eyes. Amen? I know of someone in my life right now who, because of some bad choices and circumstances, needs a steady dose of reminding that God has a purpose and destiny for him.
My challenge for you and me this week is to memorize Jeremiah 29:11 and recite it to our students as often as necessary. Tweak it if you have to because of public school policy, but tell them over and over and over again how much they matter, and that they have a purpose to fulfill and a destiny to attain!
Calling in our students’ gifts and talents will also help in this endeavor. When we observe certain unique qualities in our students, we should make it a point to speak it out loud, pointing it out in front of others. I’ve seen this do wonders for a student’s morale. Performing this one act may put them back on course in life, waking them up from the dead and breathing life back into their damaged spirits.
Remember the Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel 37?
4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!
5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.
6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’ ”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.
8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
9Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ ”
10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.