Fellow teachers, if we want to follow in His footsteps throughout the school year, let’s examine ourselves inwardly, before we gather our chicks around us in our classrooms, by asking ourselves two questions that will produce fruit for the kingdom outwardly.
1- Are we a serving teacher?
2- Are we serving our students the way Jesus would?
Now that we’ve completed our first week of school for the year in my district (four pre-planning days + one day with students), this thought has been on my mind especially after completing our first day with the kiddos yesterday. I know I briefly touched on the subject of serving last week, but I want to add a little more icing on top of the cake if I may (or more chocolate on the donut, syrup on the waffle, or more whip cream on the milkshake…God’s word is that good!).
Last Sunday, our pastor preached a sermon with this same title as we were honoring military members and first responders. It’s good to hear other perspectives on serving. What really resonated with me, though, was the fact that what he was saying about them could also be said of teachers, too.
Therefore, I’m tweaking it for my fellow teachers out there who are reading this blog post. Let me say, if you are as exhausted as I am already, it will give you fresh energy and insight as to what’s important in the long run in our classrooms, because when we serve our students, we serve our Savior.
In order to accomplish the mission of service, our spiritual antennas must be sensitive to receive signals from our Father and our students, in order not to miss any opportunities He sends our way. I know sometimes I may sound dramatic, but nothing, I mean NOTHING, is more important then when eternity is at stake. And eternity is definitely what is in the balance here. Make no mistake about it! Selah.
So here it is in a condensed version tweaked for teachers…
Serve others because Jesus served others – rephrase – serve students because Jesus served students. I can think of at least 12 students Jesus had close by most of the time!
Jesus served people in crisis – rephrase – We have students (too many sometimes) who are in a crisis. Let’s serve them in their crisis’ situations. The woman who was caught in adultery, the officer whose daughter was sick – too many to count, just like us!
Jesus served people who didn’t care about him – rephrase – sometimes all the work we do serving our students and their parents will go unnoticed or unappreciated, because they simply don’t care. Some students and parents can even be down right mean. Let’s serve them anyway. He died for them for goodness sake!
Serving others opens the door to a person’s heart. Thus, serving students opens the door to our students’ hearts. It’s both a natural (and a supernatural!) thing. We want those doors open fellow teachers! Why?….
While we certainly can’t be our students’ savior, by serving them we can introduce them to Him! I find that to be the most gratifying act of service there is. Bar none. Now that’s something that will keep us energized as we press on toward the high calling. Amen?!
God bless you dear teachers. Until next week, serve, serve, and serve some more!