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Topic: Teachers (07/12/04)
TITLE: Learning Something for Yourself
By Marina Rojas
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Have you ever really given a good thought to that concept? Take a minute, and imagine the last week of your life. Try to remember all of the people you spoke to in passing. Try to remember all of the people you ignored as you passed them. What impact did you have on them? What impact on you having on this world? What impact would God want you to have?
God would want you to be a teacher. He would love for you to reach out to others, to show them His love. He would love for you to teach them His ways. Romans 2:21 says, “you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself?” (NIV) You see, while you’re pouring into others what you have learned about Him, you usually find that He is refilling your chalice for a renewal and refreshment of your own soul.
When we take our role as a teacher for God seriously in our lives, we do not have to have a degree, nor do we need to stand in front of a classroom of students, to be able to reach out to others with His love and kindness.
You can teach the checker at the grocery store His penchant for kindness, when you thank them for doing a good job. You can teach the older couple at the restaurant His lesson of respect, by giving up your place in line, so they do not have to wait for so long. You can teach a lonely single parent all about His love, by volunteering to baby-sit for their children so they can attend a class at church in the evenings. With all that teaching going on, you are surely bound to learn something for yourself.
Who knows? You may even learn something eternally valuable. You may even learn that by teaching His ways, you become more like Him.