As educators if we claimed that every day was perfect and a happily every after when the bell rang at 3:00pm we would all have noses the size of Pinocchio. Today was one of those days for me. No reason in particular just an overwhelming sense of feeling like I can’t answer another question, solve another problem, take care of another situation or deal with another complaint (yes even administrators have those days lol). With the long day behind me, I did as i always do. I began to reflect on the day and work through my mind the battles that would consume my evening without some reflection time. Most days after reflecting I am able to let go of the day and give it to God knowing that I did all that I could and that is what matters. You see I am a firm believer in setting forth each day as a day to do my best and I honestly feel as long as we give our best to glorify him that is all that matters, because that is all he ask of us.
Now generally speaking after that moment of me telling myself “hey you gave it your all” and cranking some KLOVE Im ready to hit the door and spend the evening with family, but tonight was different. Tonight the same thing kept crossing my mind, “What if Jesus was an educator, would he look like U?”
As I continued to hear this question inside my head over and over again, I began to break it down…. First I began to think of administration and some different scenarios one might face.
What if Jesus were a principal…
Would he yell out of frustration when sub plans weren’t complete….or would he check on his teacher that was out to make sure they are feeling better.
Would he lash in frustration because lesson plans were late….or would he send a reminder and forgive those who had fallen short
Would he scream at the student who has been sent to him again….or would he hug them and tell him he loves them as they take a walk and talk about what happened
Would he get upset by hurtful things that others may do and say, or would he take the nail and sacrifice for the good of all
Would he judge them for their test scores….or praise them for their work
Would he focus on the bad….or simply find the good
And what if Jesus was a teacher, how might that look? i began to think as a teacher and situations they encounter…
Would he huff in frustration when homework isn’t done…or would he invite them to lunch to see what they didn’t understand
Would he demand they obey the classroom rules….or would he reteach them through the trial
Would he give up when coworkers have fallen short….or would he pick them up and carry them when they can’t give no more.
Would he scream in frustration when he has had a bad day ….or would he pray for guidance from his father to not give up
would he follow students around and look for things they have done wrong…or would he praise them for what they have done right
So many more would he this or would he that scenarios began to go through my mind as I thought of the positions of a school. I could do the same list for secretaries, custodians, cooks etc and not that these are certain ways I do or did react or have or have not seen in my building but just the thoughts I began to hear during my time of reflection. From principal to teacher the list could go on, but I think the most profound thought I had through the whole night was I don’t have to wonder what if, because he was. Jesus was and is both a teacher and a leader and throughout the bible story after story we can read about how he would react. Basically it comes down to this,
HE WOULD TEACH
HE WOULD LOVE
HE WOULD FORGIVE
HE WOULD SACRIFICE
HE WOULD REPEAT….
what you never find is his reaction to be that he would scold, he would give up, he would turn his back, he would doubt.
As I thought hard about what God was trying to teach me through all of this, I began to realize its pretty simple. Gods calling on educators is to be HIS hands and feet to OUR students, staff, parents, and anyone we may encounter…. We are called to love, forgive, teach, sacrifice and repeat. With this calling he has instilled in us the power to empower those around us, not only for their future but for the glory of Heaven.
Now as we all know the devil is the one who comes to kill, steal and destroy and is responsible for our scolding, feeling of hopelessness, doubt and readiness to give up… He works to take the gift of empowerment from us and use us to do just the opposite and that is to deflate those who we come in contact with. He can only be defeated through patience, prayer, and proactive responses.
As I muddled through all of these thoughts tonight, I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed with emotion because God was reminding me today that he has empowered me to make a difference and the harder I fight the harder Satan will knock…the good news is God is here to pick me up and give me a new start tomorrow, the same way I am here to pick up both my teachers and students.
If we are all honest with ourselves we will admit that sometimes its easier than others, but when I think of all the times I have fallen short of the glory of God and he has responded by opening his arms asking me to run back to the father, I can’t wait to open my arms with love to those who I come into contact with tomorrow.
God is so good, and I am thankful that a day that seemed so overwhelming can end with a touching message from him.. As i close tonight, I challenge you all to answer this one question “if Jesus were an educator , would he look like U?”
Dear Heavenly Father,
Lord I thank you for the calling you have placed on those in education and tonight I pray for anyone who reads this that their lives may be touched through personal reflection. Lord i pray as you speak to them that they get a fresh start tomorrow to be your arms and feet. Lord I pray for patience to teach, forgive, love, sacrifice and repeat.Thank you for loving us even when we fall short. Grant us that same love for those we encounter. In your name I pray. AMEN