It takes a lot of energy to keep a fire flaming, doesn’t it?…that is, the energy needed for the fire itself (oxygen, coal, wood, etc.) and the person who’s tending to it.
I liken keeping the flame blazing for the Christian teacher to a fire dance…
…only our fervency (dancing) should be focused on the LORD. He is the pillar of fire in the center energizing us. Amen?!
Sometimes we forget the work we must do to fan into flame the gift of God in our lives as teachers. For me personally, I fan my flame by listening to the Word every morning via my YouVersion Bible app while getting ready for work. Prior to that, though, I make sure to pray before I sluggishly attempt to rise and shine each morning.
Also, I love to exercise on the elliptical in the extra bedroom while watching Beth Moore or TD Jakes on the big screen tv. I have to say, TD Jakes energizes me to go just a little bit faster and exercise a little bit longer than I plan on most occasions. 🙂 I’m telling you, he can make a dead person come back to life, which is usually me in the morning!
The bottom line is this: Your fire dance may be different than mine, but the point is TO DANCE everyday!!
Next week, I’m going to pull in how our five senses help in our endeavor to fan into flame the gift of God in us. See you then, my fellow Christian teachers! God bless you, and stay devoted!
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Students have a story to tell… about teachers.
Teachers have a story to tell… about students.
Which one matters most?
Since I have begun teaching GED classes at the local college, I’ve been actively building new relationships with my adult students. It’s been quite an eye opening experience. Such sad stories. Maddening stories actually. Stories about teachers who fumbled the ball in the red zone, and their students simply couldn’t recover.
Now, I’m no push over. I know there are a plethora of reasons why students choose to drop out. But, having said that, I never want to be the player on my student’s team who causes them to lose the game because I got in the stinking way! I know none of us do. After all, when we play well together, we both win. Amen? Can you tell I’m watching football right now? 🙂
As I listen to students’ stories, the greatest common factor (shout out to math teachers) as to why they dropped out is the teacher’s tongue. Their win or loss is in the power of our tongue. Gasp! That’s huge and kinda scary too. Rash words can be like daggers, even sometimes when we don’t think they are…
Perhaps the best advice then is to…I understand it sometimes can be like walking a tight rope. After all, we have to correct poor student behavior. There are more than just a few middle school rascals who have tested my patience over the years. Can anybody identify with me? When a student gets on our last nerve, steadfast prayer for the patience of Job and wisdom of Solomon can keep us from sustaining a sack like the proverbial quarterback.
Remember Proverbs 12:16 when a student tenuously tests your wherewithal:
The bottom line is this: a student’s story matters most! Not ours. The story they tell about us in adulthood will tell the tale of how they won or lost in our classroom, and therefore, maybe ultimately in life. That, dear teachers, could depend on how well we controlled our tongue. So let’s be wise to tame our tongues, and push them on to victory! AMEN!
God bless you in your classrooms this week. Be mindful! You will be remembered on down the line. Stay devoted(!), and students will look back and be thankful you taught them. 🙂 See you back here next week on the blog.