God’s Word for Today: Teacher
I was blessed through my school years to have many great teachers. I believe if asked, I could tell you the names of every grade school teacher I had. My Junior High teachers, Mr. Potthoff and Mrs. Steinbrink were saints. To be able to tolerate and teach 12 to 14-year-old pubescent boys and girls who are extremely confused but think they know everything, is a gift. These two teachers had that gift. Oh, we had to be a nightmare on some days.
I am certain I could name all my sports coaches and believe it or not, piano teachers. I would have to do some serious digging in the back recesses of my aging brain to capture all the names of my High School teachers. The names of College and University professors…… yeah right. Drill Chiefs and Commanding Officers in the Navy, most certainly.
One teacher, Mr. Johnson, (see photo) not only was an influence in my High School education, he has been a continual influence and inspiration throughout my life. I am certain I have never told him that. Maybe Mr. Johnson will read this.
It is the knowledge, ideals and honesty that Mr. Johnson shared with all that has impressed me. Look at this photo. How many adult males anywhere in the world would be caught in a photo with a tie-dyed shirt sitting in a field of flowers? Talk about openly appreciating life. I wish I could have been there too.
To take it to another level, Mr. Johnson could also tell you the scientific name for these flowers and probably the exact chemical composition of the dyes that went into his shirt. Plus, can add some humor and reality to the story behind the photo. Good stuff right there.
Many, many students old and younger alike will join me in a salute to Mr. Johnson. You truly were, are, and always will be, an inspiration. Thank you.
Luke 6:40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
There is another teacher that walked this earth who is anxiously awaiting an invitation to be an inspiration in your life. Jesus, the ultimate teacher knew his subject matter inside and out. God sent Jesus to this world to try and teach us hard headed humans how to love each other. It seems to be a never ending and relentless task. I admit, at times, I haven’t stuck to instruction and teachings either. I can be downright stupid and easily flunk out of this Christian thing. Every day, I need to study a little more.
Today, try 2 things. One, don’t be afraid to sit in the middle of God’s beautiful creations (like a field of flowers). Enjoy life and every aspect of it. And two, don’t be afraid to share your appreciation for God’s gifts. Maybe even teach someone else what God has done in your life. Like Mr. Johnson…………. Amen and amen.