May is a recognized time for appreciating teachers. Teaching is one of the most demanding and least appreciated professions around. We give them responsibility for training and molding our children and then tie their hands and limit their resources. So while the first week of May is generally recognized as National Teacher Appreciation Week, it is never a bad time to show appreciation and respect for this very important group of people who impact the lives of our children so significantly.
The Bible says that not many should want to be teachers (James 3:1), because as such we will give an account for the way we lead our students. Now there are many types of teachers; school teachers, coaches, Sunday School teachers, Awana leaders, youth leaders, etc. All of these are people who have taken the responsibility of leading young people and do so for good or for bad. Ultimately, parents are their children’s primary teacher and even if that isn’t your career it is your responsibility. That is a job we cannot hand off for someone else to do for us. We must accept the responsibility of training our children. According to Deuteronomy 6:4-9 our number one priority is to teach them to love God and obey His commands.
So, I should ask myself these questions: 1) How am I teaching my children to love & obey God? 2) What is the indication that this is a priority for my family? 3) What am I doing that demonstrates my commitment to teaching my children to know and follow God? Is it something I fit in if I have time or is it a PRIORITY? 4) Who am I partnering with to teach and train my children? (Church, school, coaches or others)? Do their goals and priorities align with Scripture? Over the years, I have had the privilege to work with an amazing group of teachers. Many who have inspired me by their example of faithfulness, dedication and sacrifice.
May God continue to bless and use us to make a difference in training the next generation for Christ. “So the next generation would know, and all the generations to come- Know the truth and tell the stories so their children can trust in God, Never forget the works of God but keep his commands to the letter.” Psalm 78:5-7