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Topic: Teachers (07/12/04)

TITLE: A Teacher is...
By Karen O'Leary
07/16/04

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A teacher is a parent. Parents establish the fundamental base from which children learn values and faith, the very fiber of the individuals they will one day be. They nurture, direct, love, and support by word and example. Parents are the first step in a child’s journey with Christ.

A teacher can be a day care worker who reinforces and educates in that early learning stage. They are extensions of the parents, providing support in building a Christ-centered base.

A teacher is a pastor, a mentor of faith. These spiritual leaders nurture the souls of their flocks, tending them in their Christian journey from early childhood onward. They are a resource of biblical principles, blueprints for developing and strengthening faith.

A teacher is a school instructor, an imparter of knowledge and values. Along with parents, they provide the building blocks of a child’s education. Children are truly blessed if their educators enrich the soul as well as the mind.

A teacher is anyone who guides: a grandparent, neighbor, a friend. They fill in the gaps, enhancing the whole. They support and direct those they touch, aiding others in their spiritual journeys.

Most important, a teacher is God to all those who accept Christ as their personal Savior. He is the cement that holds things together in good times and bad. He guides the faithful and reaches out to those who stray. He sent his Son to live the truth, an example of how to walk in His light. Through Him, we are made whole.


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Donna J. Shepherd07/19/04
Great comments about what a teacher is. And I liked how you brought the entire list full circle to God as the Truth and our Teacher. Thanks for sharing! - Donna
darlene hight07/20/04
That's so true! I try to stress that to my kids now that they are parents if they will remember that they teachers not just disciplinarians. It's easy to forget that children aren't born knowing everything that is often expected of them.
John Hunt07/21/04
Very well written, a pleasure to read. You show a mastery of the art of writing!
L.M. Lee07/22/04
good breakdown of all the people God uses to teach us.
Marcell Billinghurst07/24/04
An good reflection of the many aspects that make up the various roles of being a Teacher, which many people of all walks of life take on. Well written.
Karen Treharne07/25/04
I love the excerpt that "it takes a whole village to raise a child" which your article reminds me of. Not only our children learn from others, but we also learn from those around us our entire life. We, too, are raised by an entire village of people. However, as you so accurately said, we need God as our spiritual teacher to guide and direct our learning into ways that honor Him and reflect His truth. Well done!