I have been busy, busy, with two big jobs to turn in on Monday. One of them is very much related to me as a teacher. A teacher! I always wanted to be a teacher; but I never had the opportunity to get a degree in teaching. I got a degree in preaching, if we could call my graduating from a Bible seminary that.
I’ve been a teacher in a classroom, but only as a substitute, and only during the three years we spent in Sweden at the end of the 70’s. That was traumatic, at best. The kids were out of control, as a campaign against punishment had been launched. One of the teachers I substituted for loved the profession, but she had to quit because the kids behavior was so outrageous.
I had a trick! When things got a little messy, I resorted to my experiences in Peru and the Peruvian National Anthem. The kids loved to hear Spanish wanted to hear the stories I would tell.
That was more than 30 years ago. I’ve been a teacher; but not in regular school. Now I teach through my writings, but the dream that keeps me going is the hope that my neuropathy will get better (totally well is the big dream!) so that I can travel in Latin America teaching teachers how to teach. Can someone with a degree in preaching do that? Most certainly! I want to teach how to teach children the Word of God!
Guess what a wonderful surprise I received this afternoon. I took a quick break and decided to check my Facebook account.
HAPPY TEACHER’S DAY, DEAR TEACHER! (Written in Spanish)
Teacher’s Day? Was it Teacher’s Day? I used what my son-in-law calls, “this wonderful thing called Google,” and came to Wikipedia, where there is a long list of Teacher’s Days, and sure enough, in Peru, today is that day.
“One day you showed me Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I pray that God will give you peace, and relief in your health. May God bless the feet that one day came to my homeland to show and teach the truth! A big hug from the distance. My thought are always with you, who left marks (footprints) in my spiritual life.”
That is the best thing a teacher of God’s Word can hear. It was the adrenaline I needed to go on with my work. Vicky, who sent this greeting is a teacher, and English teacher. But she also teaches about Jesus. What a reward! First the kids get to know us. Then they get to know the Bible. But the ultimate goal is that they will get to know our Savior.
Are you a teacher? Really, all of us our teachers. Our life is an open book. What are we teaching?
GOD BLESS ALL TEACHERS, BIG AND SMALL,
BECAUSE AS I SAID, IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER,
WE ARE ALL TEACHERS!