Whether you are a teacher or a student, it is inevitable that August or September marks the trek back to school.
As teachers and students return to the classroom, please remember to lift them up in prayer. As parents, we entrust our children to the care of educators and administrators. We must pray for our children and their leaders. Prayers for a hedge of protection around the children and prayers for wisdom for teachers and administrators are much needed in a time when our society seems to be in turmoil.
I personally chose the teaching profession because of the rewards and satisfaction I have received from teaching my students. Many of these rewards are intangible, such as unlocking a child’s world by teaching him to read. I also receive hugs, smiles, and even little notes of gratitude. None of these rewards have monetary value, but they are worth more to me than anything money can buy. They keep me going when things get rough.
My most treasured note is one that I display on my desk. It is written on a tiny piece of notebook paper that reads, “I am smart because of you!” It was created by a red-haired, blue-eyed third-grade boy whose reading ability was significantly behind because of an unfortunate home life, one filled with neglect. At the time we met, he was living in a homeless shelter. Each day, I worked with him individually, and by the end of third grade, his reading level was all caught up. He has since moved, but I think of him often and pray that wherever he is, he is safe.
Think back to a teacher who has inspired you. Perhaps that teacher recognized your strengths and talents and encouraged you to achieve your goal. On the flip side, perhaps a teacher intervened when you struggled to grasp a concept. I am sure when you look back, you will always remember a teacher who stands out.
I currently teach in a very low socioeconomic neighborhood. In simple terms, many of my students are living in poverty. At the end of the 2015-2016 school year, as I said goodbye to my students, I heard the Lord speak to my heart from Matthew 25:40, “… Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
So, if you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or a spiritual mother or father, all your prayers combined will strengthen our children, administrators, and educators and guide them through another school year.
Editor’s Note: Leave a comment below describing a teacher who impacted your life.
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