My Purpose

22 Sep

One thing I think God has been stirring in my heart lately is my purpose as a teacher.  I went to the Women of Faith conference and what I took away from it had nothing to do with anything related to the conference.  It was when they talked about the teen girls conference, Revolve. 

They shared a few very scary but very real statistics about teens today:  over 30% of teens have sent sexually explicit or nude photos of themselves through text.  Over 70% of all teens have sex before the age of 17. 

My thoughts immediately went to my students, specifically, the girls. 

When I was in Jr. High, even though I didn’t always believe it, going to youth group gave me Truth.  I always knew deep down that I didn’t need to have sex to get someone to like me.  I knew that I could stand up to peer pressure.  I knew that Jesus loved me and that He created me and had a plan for me.

So many of my students don’t have that truth.  So how do I give it to them?

God forbid my students leave my classroom this year and say “What I learned in Mrs. Boganwright’s class was the math formula to calculate the speed of an object.”

I am wresting with the idea that I come into contact with 170 teenagers every day.  What am I doing with that time? 

Do I have to meet the state standards?  Do I have to accomplish my 2 part objective in 55 minutes?  Do I have to check all their planners, collect homework, check for understanding, differentiate my instruction, manage a room of 35 pre-adolescents, all while keeping them engaged and making them excited about learning?  YES. 

But God has still called me to more than all this.

How do I do it?  Not quite sure yet.  But, per the advice of a very wise friend, I have started praying for God to bring me the ones He has already started to work in and provide the opportunity.

Thats all I got right now.

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5 Responses to “My Purpose”

  1. Tina Thruston September 22, 2009 at 6:13 p09 #

    Becca, I would encourage you to read teaching true love to a sex at 13 generation… powerful read.

  2. Lori Jo September 22, 2009 at 6:13 p09 #

    I pray that God continues stirring your heart and giving you wisdom and courage to model and share the Truth, bringing Hope and Real Love. Those facts broke my heart too. I know He can use you in an powerful way to affect the lives of those around you. I love you!

  3. Tricia Boganwright (Mom) September 24, 2009 at 6:13 p09 #

    I will pray with you for those special kids that God has ordained to be in your path this year. One student at a time, with love and the truth, will bring glory to God for all of eternity!! You are one of a kind and I’m so proud of you!!!

  4. Scarlett September 25, 2009 at 6:13 p09 #

    the words written in this post=one of the 1,000,000 reasons why I love my dear friend, Becca. You are amazing, inspiring and I’m so blessed by you….

  5. Hilary September 25, 2009 at 6:13 p09 #

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I’m a public school teacher too and I feel the same way. It’s a difficult job, but definitely our ultimate purpose in our classrooms is to reflect God’s love.

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