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Topic: Teachers (07/12/04)

TITLE: Learning Something for Yourself
By Marina Rojas


Each one of our lives intertwines with someone else’s every day. We may not be aware of it, and we certainly may not fully understand the affect our interactions (however miniscule) have on others. We need to realize that with each step we take, every word we say, we teach others about ourselves, and our God.

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.

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Kenny Paul Clarkson07/19/04
Excellent points. One thing I've learned to do is "teach" by sending letters of gratitude to businesses, such as restaurants, banks, etc., where the employees were particularly helpful.

I've sometimes seen my letters later posted in the businesses. They get many complaints; few compliments.

Wonderful article.
Marcell Billinghurst07/19/04
Excellent thoughts and ideas of how we can teach others throughout many areas of our lives. Well done.
Mary Elder-Criss07/19/04
Thanks for this word. You are absolutely right that we can be teachers of Christ's love by how we present ourselves to others daily. Makes me reconsider grumbling when I have to wait in line..
Blessings! Mary
Gary Warren07/19/04
I particularly like the "...refilling your chalice...".
God has a never ending supply. Thanks
dub W07/20/04
Well done, I think the thoughts here could be developed into a great article for Christian magazines.

Jean Boulmay07/20/04
Thank you. It was well worth the time spent reading your story. Very encouraging.
L.M. Lee07/20/04
I agree. I always learned more when I was teaching, and preparing to teach than I ever did as a student.
Lisa Walker Thomas07/21/04
Bravo. I enjoy your writing style. I'm thrilled that you are allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you to speak to us. This is so true, we do have to be mindful of our actions towards others, for we never know when we've made a heart smile. Thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit to use you and for being a blessing to the Body of Christ. May God Richly Bless you and protect you and yours. To God Be The Glory!
Dorethia Myers07/21/04
We are all teachers. Cheers to you. God Bless you.
Joanne Malley07/22/04
Marina, Such a light, short article which packs a lot of punch. I think we all need to take a little extra time every day to be a teacher of the "word." Actions definitely do speak. :)
Karen Treharne07/24/04
Your words are so true, Marina. We learn as we teach others by our actions and our words, written or spoken. I've recently learned a lesson myself about words spoken...God speaks and He does refill our chalise...even when we don't deserve it. Well done. Karen
Dan Blankenship 07/25/04
[[[What impact on you having on this world?]]]

I'm sure you meant "are" instead of "on".

Good column. We, indeed, need to always be teaching others through our actions.

God Bless.
Dan Blankenship