When it is time to get ready for school to start once again, we are so focused on the students that we often forget about the teachers. We have a few here at our congregation who teach as a profession, whether it be at a public school, or within the home. After volunteering in a classroom for my wife when she was a teacher, I had to redefine my idea of what a superhero was. I find it challenging to be at home alone with my two kids for just a few hours, and they are my flesh and blood whom I love dearly. Imagine a room full of twenty, or even thirty kids that aren’t even ours. Let’s pray for our children’s teachers, whether they are Christians or not.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. This often quoted passage reminds us that we are all teachers in one way or another. We may not stand in front of a classroom lecturing a large group of children, but we are still teaching and training not only our own children, but those around us as well. We are all role models to those younger than us. It doesn’t matter if it is a five year old that a two year old looks up to, or someone who is eighty years young that a fifty year old is looking to for guidance and wisdom. Titus 2:1-8 But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine. Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance. Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. Likewise urge the young men to be sensible; in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.
~ Chris Melton