“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) Throughout any given day, this verse may be at the back of my mind. As a teacher, it represents a charge, a challenge, and a privilege. Children are God’s gifts to us, and He calls us to raise them, teach them, and lead them in His ways. What an awesome responsibility! What a great joy!
How children are trained determines what kind of adults that they will become. It is my privilege to help children to be the best that they were created to be. Sometimes, that training comes with laughter and joy; other times that training comes with tears and discipline. Many times, that training comes with tenacity and determination. All times, that training comes with God’s love, faithfulness, grace, mercy, and wisdom through my own love, kindness, and honesty for each and every single student.
Each day, my students learn from me, and I learn from them. My classroom often is filled with laughter, fun, and smiles, but, just as often, my classroom is filled with tears, compassion, and tenacity. Every day is a gift, and it is up to each of us to determine how we will use that gift. In the classroom, it is my job to ensure that my students become the best that they can be by providing them with the tools that they need to be brilliant lights of Christ. However, others also have a job. My students must try their best in every word, deed, thought, and attitude. Training is often difficult, sometimes painful, but the reward is worth every second of blood, sweat, and tears. Likewise, training children presents its own challenges, but the eternal reward is far greater than anything one can imagine.