Wonder Teachers & The Woman (Teacher) At The Well

Are we W O N D E R  Teachers?

I admire a strong woman.  I admire a strong man. Equally, I admire a strong teacher. Passionate about what they do and eager to learn themselves, strong teachers get the job done for their students, but, more importantly, for the Lord.  

And yet, sometimes, strong teachers don’t even realize the strength they possess. In my opinion, the woman at the well, in John chapter four, was the owner of great strength that was yet to be released until she encountered Jesus.

Let’s put on our spirit eyes and think about it together, dear teachers, by taking an omniscient view of the story (which God so graciously allows us to do) from the time she met our Savior until after she met and spent time with Him.  I hope you see where I’m going with this!

John 4 English Standard Version (ESV)  Jesus and the Woman of Samaria

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.[a]
A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.)The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[b] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” 28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him.
31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word.42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

Look at how the power – the electricity – generated from the living water which Jesus offered her changed that Samaritan town! Look at how many people’s lives were forever transformed that day – all because one woman (picture a teacher) took the vision and told others.

My take away from this character study of the woman at the well is this: we are like dried up wells when we don’t spend time with Jesus.  

It reminds me of the steady, small spring feeding the lake on our farm in Alabama. Due to the last few years of drought in the South, the spring stopped flowing – just plain dried up down deep. Thankfully though, the Lord has replenished our region with an abundance of rain this year and the spring is slowly, but surely, coming back to life and refilling the lake once again.

Also, I think of the Hoover Dam holding back all that water from the Colorado River until those towering turbines release it downstream generating a massive amount of power in the region… that’s the type of power the living water of Jesus unleashed in the woman at the well.  That’s what I picture when I think of her story. She got the job done after her encounter with the omnipotent Savior of the world.  Our stories should be one in the same – as she got the job done for the Lord and her town, we get the job done for the Lord and our students.

By spending time at The Well, we know our sin is forgiven. We know He fills us with His word. We know He fills us with His Spirit too, which, in turn, feeds the power grid of our classroom with passion and love. As it changed those Samaritans, so too it will change our students.  Let’s be like the woman at the well and GO TELL! Amen? AMEN!

Furthermore, when we abide at The Well everyday, dear teachers, it will make all the difference between just being a teacher and instead transform us into the WONDER teacher God wants us to be.

Next time, we will take a look at the letter O.  So, I’ll  leave you wondering about whom we will be discussing until then! 😉  God bless you and stay devoted.  See you next week here at Devotions for Teachers. Blessings to you and your students.

#RealizeYourStrengthInHim

 

What Does Being a Christian Teacher Look Like? (The 5 Characteristics of a Christian Teacher) Part 2

 d5303eace105b7376d456dfdb06b14d9…but not the ones who harp all the time! 😉

Last week, we began our series on the 5 characteristics of a Christian teacher.  Ultimately, we are pointing our students to Christ, with our character and actions in the classroom being our witness. Here is a quick recap:

  • Christian teachers are passionate about teaching.  (Even though we sometimes complain, we’ve got to get our teaching fix, because it’s our calling.)  See 2 Timothy 1:6

  • Christian teachers are fruit producers bearing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. See Galations 5:22-23

Next on the list is…

  •  Christian teachers build relationships with their students.

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    You may be thinking that most teachers build relationships day in and day out with students.  And yes, they do! The difference is Christian teachers build them by serving and ministering to students.  For example, when we see a student in need, whether it’s small or large, we look for a way to meet that need.  Whether it includes pencils and paper, help with school work, or something bigger like clothes or even a mattress on which to sleep, we do our best to serve them at their point of need. After all, when we are serving our students, we are serving Christ.  

    More importantly though, it means taking time to listen and talk to students. Teachers are already spending time with students during class, but Christian teachers take that extra bit of “me” time and shave off a few minutes here and there, as well as time before, between, and after class to get to know their students better.  We serve our kids something more valuable than gold when we serve them with our time!

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    The most striking difference of all though, is that the most effective way Christian teachers build relationships with their students is by loving them and praying for them.  Stop and think about that for a moment.  Who do we pray for the most?  Is it not those with whom we have a close relationship?  With those we love?  It’s nearly impossible to not build a relationship with the people in our lives for whom we pray and love fervently. Amen?

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Next week we will continue with the 5 characteristics of Christian teachers.  Until then, continue with your passionate, fruit bearing, relationship building teaching dear Christian teachers!  God bless you and stay devoted.

#ChristianTeachersAreTheBestTeachers

 

 

The Take On is More Important than the Take Off!

Summer break is nearly over.  I can’t believe it, can you?  In a couple of days, the kiddos will be returning, another school year will be taking off, and we will be taking on the high calling of teaching yet again. As much as I enjoy summer break, teaching gives me purpose, and a life without purpose is no life at all. Amen?!
Teachers, the take on is extremely important!  Therefore, before the take off, I’m reposting Awaken! Arise! Fight the Good Fight of Faith!  Are you awake?  Have you arisen? Are you fighting the good fight of faith?  If not, or if you need a reminder of what it’s all about, then this video blog will give you the swift kick in the rump you’ll need to take off for sure! 🙂
One more item of business before the school year takes off is to remember the boycott of Wal-mart. Please participate and pass the word on to your fellow teachers.  Click Christian Teachers Boycott Wal-mart to learn all about it if you haven’t heard already.
My challenge for you this school year is to Awaken! Arise! & Fight the Good Fight of Faith.  This month, not only will we take off on another adventurous school year, but Devotions for Teachers takes off on its 3rd year of encouraging teachers in the classroom.  I can’t wait!!

That Class That Drives You Up The Wall!

Hello fellow teachers!
Maybe it’s just that time of year, but I’ve noticed there seems to be a lot of posting in the educational blogging sphere about teachers giving up due, in part, to difficulties with classroom management.  I find that very discouraging, so what I thought I would do is share a post with you entitled That Class That Drives You Up The Wall!
What do we do when we encounter that class? One thing that can help is learning to train ourselves and our students to do certain things in certain situations. There’s not just one pat answer, but hopefully the acronym t r a i n in today’s vlog will produce some much needed results as far as improving your students’ behavior.  In the next couple of weeks, I’m also going to share some other ideas with you that might help you even more.  I certainly hope so anyway!
Be encouraged teachers, and hangeth thou in there!  Your work for the Lord is not in vain.  God bless you!

8 To Be Great!… The Finale! Matthew 10:45

We’ve made it to the end of our series 8 To Be Great!… The 8 traits successful people, or in our case, successful Christian teachers, have in common.  It all started with passion, and it ends with…. well, you are fixing to find that out for yourself! 😉

On another note, this will be the last vlog of 2014 as we are 4 days away from Christmas break here in Georgia.  Praise the Lord!  If you’re like me, you are COVERED UP with things to do before the end of this first semester.  May God bless us all and keep us sane for the next 4 days! lol  I am praying for The Lord to bless you and make you the successful teacher He plans for you to be!

Grace and peace to you and remember:  Jesus is the reason for the season!

See you in January!

Donna