Friday, July 30, 2010

Grown ups

This post is going to be about my profession and the assignment I've been given:

Internship training starts in two weeks, Aug 11 to be exact and I'm very anxious to see how stressful this is going to get. I've heard that its one of the most stressful and confusing times of your (college) life, but I know it cannot be as stressful as being a brand new teacher with a brand new classroom with brand new students that are solely your responsibility. We had Hannah in Collegedale Christian last year for K3 and she learned so much! Those teachers truly were amazing. We've got her in Hooper this year, and I really hope I am not disappointed. I hope God can use those teachers to make an impact on not only her, but allow me to see things from a different perspective as well.

I read friend's status on FB that really spoke to me. It read, and I quote "We need to STOP telling our kids they can be whatever they wanna be. We know they can't -Im teaching mine to have REALISTIC ASPIRATIONS & not to chase fairytales" 

she's right. we shouldn't allow our children to think they can be whatever they want to be. We should teach them that GOD can do all things through them (and not they can do all things through God. God works in us). God is the source of goodness, love, and fairness in this world.   The godless might not always be kind, loving, or fair to us, but that is because they are godless and bad trees cannot bear good fruit (Matthew 7:18). Our purpose is to ALWAYS glorify God in everything we do. Whether that means teaching, helping, worshiping, feeding, donating, and especially being patient. You teach through example, you help through doing, you worship by praising your Lord. A person is being patient by listening, encouraging, and loving. All things are God. Just because you don't believe in God doesn't mean that he is not working in your life. He uses nonbelievers all the time for His glory. (Habakkuk 1:6) He uses them to challenge us to keep our faith. Now I'm getting off the subject. 

I hate the saying "Those who can, do - Those who can't teach" The person that first said this was obviously not a follower, because both God and Jesus are my teachers. They convict me everyday. They show me everyday how much of a sinner I am without them and how holy I can be with them (Leviticus 20:26) I have learned more from my God than any other person of this world. 

What I am saying, is that I have always felt a calling to be a teacher. Since kindergarten I have wanted to be in the classroom, and I am not going to allow something as silly as a stressful internship keep me from an assignment God has appointed me to. My daddy knew what He was doing before I even saw a need.  I remember a sermon I heard a long time ago - can't remember the verse associated with it, but I'll give it my best shot. Try and picture a man leading a donkey. Donkies are stubborn, especially when someone (mainly their master, in human case, God) tells them to do something they don't want to do. They question and challenge. They fight with all their might. They want to do what they want to do and they are going to do everything on their power to fight you if that's what they choose. With kindness, love, fairness, and training you can teach a donkey to follow you. To lead. God knows when that training should take place and how long it should take. By the time I graduate, I will have been in college five years. In order for me to teach children, and succeed at the appointment given I have to complete my internship. In order for ministers to teach the Bible accurately, they have to complete their seminary. Anything in life worth doing is worth doing right, and heeds training. Complete training. 

My assignment is to form citizens, scholars, presidents, mothers, fathers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, care takers, voters, and businesspersons. I will physically touch every person in my classroom and hopefully will give them something to think about when they leave. Something to challenge them to do good with their life, something moral. 

I have the best jobs in the world.
I am a follower of His Word
I am a wife 
I am a mother
I am a teacher 

and I would not trade these assignments for anything. I am proud of the things God has accomplished through me and the blessings set forth in my life.  I teach because I can do - and also because I can teach your children to do.

 If you can read this, Thank a teacher. 

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