Today’s assignment? Parent/Teacher conferences. 😮
I know most teachers don’t mind them too much, but I am forever marked by a couple of memorable conferences that stamped dread for these days into my psyche probably until the day I retire. It’s been more than a few years now, but oh! I will never forget.
Let me share about one of these with you. Hang on to your seat tightly, it’s a true story!
Had I not known Jesus, I more than likely would be in another profession as I speak right now, because I would have been fired that day. We had, for lack of a better word and to keep the narrative honest, an aberrant mom who scheduled an appointment to see all the academic teachers who taught her twins. I wish someone had told me she was a few sandwiches short of a picnic! Some did know, but had failed to fill me in, that there were restraining orders put out on her in the past by a teacher or two.
Say what? Yes, you read that right!
I walked into the room, sat down, introduced myself, and stated the standard teacher graces. Then… she let ‘er rip!!! Oh. My. Goodness! I immediately tried to address her concerns, but she wasn’t having it. As she got increasingly agitated (she turned red as her voice topped out in a yell), I literally thought she was going to come over the desk she was seated in and duke it out with me. Believe me when I tell you, I prepared myself for the fight which I just knew was about to take place. If she hit me, then buddy, I was going to defend myself!
In the mean time, a couple of teachers walked by and heard the commotion. They then called for back up by the administration. One administrator came hurriedly down the hall, turned around, and stood outside the door after seeing who was in the room with me! Then came the counselor, and I’ll be dad gum, she did the same thing! It was bizarre! They had experienced her wrath before and were justifiably scared.
Fortunately, my fellow teacher friend from across the hall took the bull by the horns, so to speak (or literally to speak!), coming to my rescue calming her down. Thank God for friends. I still don’t understand how she did it, but then again, she’s amazing and just has a calmness about her.
I tell you my story in order to share this: Had I not known Jesus, I would surely have said something I shouldn’t have or who knows what else? It’s funny, but still scary, as I revisit it now. We really never know what’s just around the corner or what’s going to happen at school from day to day or, even more so, from class to class. Therefore, it’s good we know Jesus isn’t it dear teachers?
Knowing Him makes all the difference in any situation. Just think about this: What if we didn’t know Him? How frightening would that be?
All of us have our Had I Not Known Jesus stories. Think back to the past, or even recently, to an event where knowing Him changed the outcome of your story, especially those from the classroom. Remember, it would have been worse had both you and I not known Him. That, my friend, is the goodness of the Lord. Praise His name!
Knowing Him (and 1st John 4:4!) even makes Parent/Teacher Conference Day go a whole lot better. 🙂
God bless you, dear teachers, and be thankful you know Him. Stay devoted, and I’ll see you right here next week.
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