“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12
This verse right here summarizes why I want to be a teacher. When I tell people I want to be a highschool teacher, they say wow you’re brave, or they ask if I’m crazy. But those who have teached and seen its true treasures know this better than I do, but there’s nothing more fruitful than making a difference in the life of the child. When you sit in a classroom full of young people, you are sitting with the future of the world. They are impressionable, eager, ambitious, and even into their senior year they are far more pure than the most people in this world. Sure they are a little wild, crazy, and energetic, but they have so much potential that is often overlooked because they are young. They are like little seeds hidden underground, but with the right conditions they grow and blossom. Even the most misbehaved student is still listening and watching every little move that teacher makes. They want to know who they are, and what they were made for. They ask the big questions, they want to know more, even though they don’t always show it. But they are far more eager than the old, and for all the right reasons. They want to make a difference, and it all starts in the classroom.
Some people say being a teacher is a waste of time, but I think teachers give more than Warren Buffet ever could even if he opened his entire wallet. Because teachers are giving something that is indisposable and unreturnable. Teachers give knowledge, and teach students the skills they need to obtain even more knowledge.Oprah Winfrey could give poor Jimmy a lamborghini, but what good is it if he can’t afford the gas or the maintenance, heck if he doesn’t even know how to drive it’s not even usable. Even if he learned to drive and had the maintenance and gas paid for, where is he going to go if he doesn’t have the education to get a job, or to read and write at the very least.
And that right there is why God made teachers. Just think about all the things you couldn’t do if you did not know how to read and write. Now that didn’t end in kindergarten. It continued all the way through your highschool year. You used reading, writing, communication, problem solving, and critical thinking to navigate through biology, math, history, english. The wider you opened your mind the wider those doors of opportunity opened. And throughout those 13 years you learned a lot, and some of it you may never have used, but it sharpened your mind. Long division may not have stuck, but the communications and critical thinking skills probably did, or maybe it was that simple life advice your teachers would give. For example my first grade teacher always said “I wanna see you in the newspaper for good things” or my biology teacher always said “You are never too busy”. That stuff right there gets you through life. They say it because even though many people don’t believe it, teachers really do care, and thanks to corona I think we’ve all come to appreciate them a little more.
Heck, maybe your teachers were the only ones truly listening to you and never saying you’re too young to understand. They valued you and your youth, and challenged you.
Teaching is definitely not a profession where you will find people who are in it for the money. Teachers are in it for the kids. They make a huge sacrifice and do not always get to reap what they sow, but what they sow is priceless. The profession of teaching reveals the heart of Christ, and his love for the children. He loves allowing his children to be free, and think for themselves. Good teachers love their students in that same Christ-like way, not perfectly, but they give it their best, because to them each one of them matters. They know each of them by name, and want them to succeed. Students might reject what the teachers are offering, but just like Christ they continue to offer it anyway. Even the most defiant student is still offered that same opportunity to succeed if they so chose.
Now I know this blog was not anything like my typical blogs, but I just wanted to allow you guys to get to know me better and my philosophy on teaching, and also I wanted to invite you guys to take a moment and reflect on the ways your teachers impacted you. Then I want you to take a moment and pray for them. Pray in thanksgiving, and pray that they continue to grow closer to Christ, to continue to make an impact and do God’s will, even if it has to be done differently because its a public school. After all teaching students how to love like Christ doesn’t require words at all, and my public school teachers had a huge impact on my faith life and they never said a word, you can’t arrest teachers for going to church every Sunday and being joyful and compassionate everyday, and it was as simple as that. So anyways pray for them, they need it (have you met your kid haha jk that was a joke), but also if you get a chance thank them!
To all my teachers thank you! Thank you for making me who I am today, some of you have even gone out of your way to support me even today through your prayers, conversations and donations to my mission trips. Thank you to the teachers who pushed me beyond my limits, who saw my true potential, even though sometimes I got upset or it drove me crazy. You broke down my walls that said I can’t, and built support beams that said yes you can. Thank you to the teachers who did not just let me settle for mediocrity. Thank you for shaping the world, thank you for shaping the future. Your friends might think you’re crazy or forget how hard you worked for that degree, and the endless nights you stayed up putting together a lesson plan or praying for the well being of a student and wondering if they are okay. People might overlook you at times, but I promise God never does, He looks at you and He is so well pleased!