Teach Me Your Ways
There are some amazing teachers out there influencing our children. If you think back, you can probably remember a special teacher or two that meant a lot to you. Mine was Mrs. Hoyt. 6th grade. She was an old lady with a wrinkled, pale white face, and bright red lipstick. She wore fashionable clothes and high heels. I always thought that was neat because most women her age seemed to have lost the ability to wear clothes that were in style. I’m not even sure that it was her teaching ability so much as it was her larger-than-life presence in the classroom that impressed me. She was full of energy and so kind to me. I was new to the school that year, and knew no one, so that was important to me – to feel welcomed.
And then there was Mrs. Hargett in high school. She was a pretty, middle aged woman, with a huge smile, and tons of energy. She taught creative writing. I knew she had the Spirit just by being around her, but didn’t know anything about her personally until later in life. It turns out she is a believer (which I figured). It also turns out, she lost a son to drugs and spent much of her adult life helping others who had lost children. It’s so neat that as an adult, I got to write an article about her life that was in a local paper, and she was the one who was instrumental in teaching me how to write.
I had the pleasure of meeting one of our local teachers recently who was telling me how difficult teaching has become. She had the same concern I, and many, have had. What brought us into the field we chose was to help people. But, so many times we leave feeling like we haven’t made an impact. Between the rules, regulations, fear of litigation, etc., teachers and other service type workers feel burned out. So, I will leave you with the same encouragement I left with her…
Can you imagine what this world would be like if you (the caring, kind, amazing person that you are) were not doing the job you have right now? What if all the teachers, social workers, nurses, police officers, and firefighters decided they were sick and tired of dealing with the public? What a hot mess that would be! God has YOU right where He needs you. Keep on keeping on, my friend. One day at time. Keep that chin up, smile going, and kind words flowing. You are making a difference just like Mrs. Hoyt and Mrs. Hargett did. There is someone out there that will remember your kindnesses and compassion for the rest of their life. You are planting seeds everyday you show up to live life in whatever way that may be.
God bless our teachers,
“Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth; Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.” Psalm 86:11
Share with your brothers and sisters who teach to honor and encourage them.
She I'll Azbell
12/21/2017 07:38:51 am
Celesta, I had many teachers who had a huge impact on my life. The one who stands out most was my first Sunday School teacher. In my eyes she was already old, twice widowed. She lived in a small two story house in the small town of Grand Ridge Fl. I never felt anything from her but unconditional love. She would take our whole Sunday Scool class home with her some sundays. We would run through her little two story house and play hide and go seek. There was a path behind her house that went through the woods and opened into a beautiful garden with flowers, bird baths and such. We would sit around her piano and sing sweet songs about Jesus. She took a special interest in our family, maybe because we had no family close by. She would often come home with us on Sundays. I remember walking through the woods and picking wild flowers with her. She especially loved my father in his early days of ministry and became a mentor to him. The last time i saww her, she was 99 years old. I took Grant to meet her. I wanted him to meet this beautiful soul that helped shape me. I have never known anyone else quite like her. She was wonderful lady, someone whose life touched the heart of so many and was like a ministering Angel on earth. <3
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