THAT’S RIDICULOUS!!! Did I hear right? I did! A student blurted those words out in a fit of anger after I told him he would have to complete the work he hadn’t turned in for weeks during the free time allotted for students who had finished their assignments.
Needless to say, I felt like a lion about to pounce on a gazelle. His tone didn’t sit well with me. At all.
Have you ever felt that way too, dear teachers? I’m sure you have! Wisdom whispers in our ears loseth not thy temper, but sometimes our temper doesn’t listen. Amen? Which, consequentially, could turn out to look something like this…
Fortunately, I gathered my wits about me and, in a loving but stern tone, stated back to him how nice it was to be given the opportunity to turn this work in and not receive a zero! He complied. Thank God. One more outburst like that and I might have actually pounced!
Patient, as defined in scripture and online dictionaries, effectively means the following:
able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.
“be patient, your time will come”
synonyms: forbearing, uncomplaining, tolerant, resigned, stoical; calm, composed, even-tempered, imperturbable, unexcitable, accommodating, understanding, indulgent; informalunflappable, cool
“I must ask you to be patient”
persevering, persistent, tenacious, indefatigable, dogged, determined, resolved, resolute, single-minded;
“a good deal of patient work”
What then does it take to be patient? Love of course! The love of God enables us to do all these things and more.
And when we are patient because of love, it gives us power…
Powerful promises brought by persistent patience.
Love →→→Patience→→→Promises→→→Power (Repeat)
To be patient is to be powerful. To be powerful is to be patient. And love is the key.
Let’s learn to be as patient with our students as God has been with us. He is patient because He loves.
God bless you with patience in your classrooms this week dear Christian teachers, and may we keep partaking of all the fruit available to us through our Lord Jesus.
#Love #Patience #Promises #Power