They need me

27 Aug

Actually, they need to see Jesus in me.  They, meaning my students. 

I started school again this week.  I was a little depressed about it on Sunday night.  I told my dear friend Amanda Quillin that I needed a little pep talk to get me remotely excited about going back.  Her response was perfect.

She told me that my students need me, and I think its true.  They need someone to care for them.  They need someone to teach them that they are good at something.  They need someone to show them that they are smart and valuable and that if they work hard, they can accomplish even the hardest of tasks.

Most importantly, they need to see something different in me that shows them the love of Christ. 

As I pondered this today I thought… this is why I am a teacher.  Because I believe that I can make a difference to a few kids.  Its not about me.

And for moments like this one….Andrew's 30th and Baptism 041

This picture was taken at the Sandals Beach Baptism last week.  This is a previous student of mine who just started going to Sandals a few weeks ago and she got baptized!



This is why I teach.

(By the way, will some of you remind me of this post in November when I have some students driving me crazy?)

3 Responses to “They need me”

  1. Tricia Boganwright (Mom) August 27, 2009 at 6:13 p08 #

    Now THAT is an answer to my prayers over the years you have been teaching. I have prayed all those things you listed as why you teach–and prayed for the kids to see Jesus in you and be changed–and feel loved. To see the one glimpse of the girl that was baptised is encouraging enough, but to think that God is doing a work in more lives than you will ever have the priviledge to see–because you are faithful and want Him to receive the glory and praise. YOU are the kind of teacher I prayed for my kids to have over the years. How I thank God for you!!

  2. Lori Jo August 27, 2009 at 6:13 p08 #

    You are a gift to everyone you come in contact with. I can only imagine how awesome it would be to sit in your classroom. I just watched this video about a teacher and maybe it would encourage you :]

    LOVE YOu! ❤

  3. amfunches August 27, 2009 at 6:13 p08 #

    WOw that was a great pep talk she gave you! God totally spoke through her to show you how HE is going to use you and your skills in the lives of the students HE blesses you with. I have been praying for my boys’ teachers and will add you to the “teacher” prayer list.

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