Friends, I greatly apologize for not writing a blog the past few days. This week has been extremely demanding, so I had to wait to submit my blog, and I am SO glad I did.
At work this week, I had a student whose schedule was being switched around multiple times due to scheduling issues. He and his parents are believers, and I could see the toll this was taking on their family. Of course, I took an active role in helping rectify the situation to assist them and make my new 9th grader as “at home” as possible. After a few days of many emails and phone calls, his scheduling problems were resolved. Within a day, the father had emailed the Principal stating how I was a great teacher, and the Principal wrote me a thank you note. Now, I tell you this NOT to brag or puff myself up, but to give God glory. I was just trying doing my job; I was just trying to look out for my student, and I was just trying to love him the way God desires me to! HE allowed me to make Christ’s light shine!
Then, I received an email and saw this story about teachers… I really think this is something to challenge ALL people, asking “What Do You Make?”. Please read the story below:
A Profound Answer
The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.
One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued, “What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?”
To stress his point he said to another guest; “You’re a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?”
Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, “You want to know what I make?” (She paused for a second, then began…)
“Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.
“I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can’t make them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.
“You want to know what I make?” (She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table)
“I make kids wonder.
“I make them question.
“I make them apologize and mean it.
“I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.
“I teach them to write and then I make them write. Keyboarding isn’t everything.
“I make them read, read, read.
“I make them show all their work in math. They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.
“I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know about English while preserving their unique cultural identity.
“I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.
“Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life.” (Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.)
“Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn’t everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant. You want to know what I make? I MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
“What do you make Mr. CEO?”
His jaw dropped, he went silent.
Teaching is… the profession that makes all other professions possible!
I read this and got tears in my eyes because, you know what ladies, God calls us ALL to be teachers!! He tells us in Titus 2 to be teachers to our sisters in Christ, He tells us multiple times throughout the Bible to be teachers to our children (if we have them), etc. Therefore, after reading this, I wondered if we as women ask ourselves, “What do you make, _______?”
My challenge to you tonight is to ask you to analyze what you are making in your life today, this weekend, and so on. If you are making something that glorifies God, share it in the comments section and give God the glory! If you are not making something in His name, then pray and ask God to redirect your path and create opportunities for you to do so!
I look forward to hearing from all of you!