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Topic: Teachers (07/12/04)

TITLE: The Spirituality of Teaching
By Dorethia Myers
07/14/04

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As I sat around doing my usual nothing, I came to the realization that I am a teacher. Teacher with the responsibility of molding and shaping the future of countless individuals. I began my journey to become a teacher at the ripe age of 13, teaching a Sunday School class. Little did I realize that decades later, God would give me the responsibility of educating students with learning disabilities.

I get comments you are an angel. No, I am not an angel, I am doing what God has commissioned me to do. I use my spiritual gifts to minister in an unknowing way each time I interact with a student. I have heard the comments that teachers get paid a lot of money for doing nothing. Well I have to ask the same people, do you stay up into the wee hours of the night planning and correcting papers. Teachers are a rare breed and with all the government regulations, the low pay and long hours, it is not a career for everyone.

I jump with joy each time have a success in my students. It breaks my heart sometimes to know that this generation takes education for granted. The Bible gives several references to teaching and this is what guides me in my daily walk with the Lord as I begin each day reflecting on what God has commanded of me.

I encourage my students to express themselves through written word or for those who have difficulty writing through pictures. Proverbs 22:6 states:- Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Those words keep me going daily because I know that I am touching lives daily and the results may not be evident to me for years to come. I can never give up what God has commanded of me.


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Phyllis Inniss 07/21/04
Teachers are indeed a rare breed. Your commitment to the students will change their lives in a meaningful way. Blessings.
L.M. Lee07/21/04
Good teachers, who love their jobs and do the job, deserve every compliment and praise they receive! Teaching is kind of like parenting...who could pay enough to do that!
Marcell Billinghurst07/22/04
Written from the heart of a true teacher. May God bless you in your commitment to teaching and also in your writing.
Well done.
Kenny Paul Clarkson07/22/04
Nice entry.

I've often wondered if teachers are mindful of their students success after they leave their charge; if they've had an impact.

Karen Treharne07/25/04
May God continue to use your willingness to obey and serve Him in this proud profession. I can't imagine how much more difficult it would be to teach those who are disabled in learning. You are a special child of God yourself for being His tool it what must often seem a thankless job. But won't you jump for joy when you meet these same students in heaven, walking hand in hand with Christ. You are truly blessed.