There was once a very, very ignorant time in my life, a time when I believed that teachers had the easiest job in the world, because they only worked nine months a year, not to mention they had all holidays off. Wow, was I wrong!
My wife is a former 2nd grade teacher. We’d just had our second child right before the start of a new school year, and she still had two weeks left on her maternity leave, so I volunteered to be a substitute teacher for her class for those weeks.
Let me just say, I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever do that again. It was like The Lord of the Flies in that classroom. The kids had taken over the island! But, one positive element that came out of that experience is that it gave me a whole new love, admiration, and respect for teachers.
Webster’s Dictionary defines a teacher as “one that teaches; especially: one whose occupation is to instruct.” So what does it mean to teach? To teach means to, “Cause or help (someone) to learn about a subject by giving lessons. To instruct someone on new knowledge, or to help cultivate a knowledge that is already present.”
One of Jesus’ most common titles was Rabbi, a Jewish title meaning “teacher.” Being a teacher is such a wonderfully-stressful, joyously-difficult, low paying-highly-rewarding calling that only precious few can take on. The great ones don’t look at it as their job, but rather, their passion. Teachers literally shape and mold future generations. When people are asked, “Who was the most influential person in your life?” The number one most common response is a parent, and a very close second is a teacher.
As your children head back to school, you’re entrusting them to a teacher. These men and women are simply human beings; this means that they’ll make mistakes, they value encouragement, they appreciate patience, and they desperately need your prayers.
We asked several real-life teachers the following question, “How would you want the parents of your students to pray for you this year?” Here is what they shared:
If we take the time to stop and intentionally pray for our teachers, we’ll be amazed at how efficiently the school year will go for our children, the teacher, and the impact it may have on the entire atmosphere of the classroom. When you’re praying for someone, you can’t help but feel compassion for them, and a connection to them.
I remember as a knuckle-headed high school student thinking that some of my teachers were “out to get me.” But, looking back I realize how terribly wrong I was. No one wakes up in the morning and says, “I can’t stand children. I think I’ll be a teacher!” Teachers step up to the call to mold the keys that unlock our future. What are those keys? The minds of children sitting in desks everyday watching the teacher you’re praying for.
And after all, remember, they are not superheroes. They are something much, much more. They’re teachers!
— Kreative in Kinder (@kreativekinder) August 3, 2016
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