As the craziness of summer winds down for me, teachers across the nation and especially our beloved teachers in Birmingham are walking into their classrooms this week to do what they do best…bless our children with the gift of teaching. This is the time of year that my wife’s life gets crazy busy.
I have always had a special place in my heart for teachers, and since I have been married to one for twenty years, I have realized the roles that they serve are endless.
For our teachers at Riverchase, thank you for going the extra mile over and over again. Thank you for embracing what you do as a calling from God and not just a job. Thank you for biting your tongue when a child or parent hurts and/or blames you. I am sure that your first reaction is to react, but you choose to bless. Thank you for being so strong and blessing the youngest to the oldest.
For our students at Riverchase, be a blessing to others this year, because you are also blessed with a gift. Remember this: You are a Christian first who happens to be a student. Our prayers as parents are that you find your gift(s) from God and use them for Him. Choose Him and do right in His eyes. We don’t ever expect perfection, although I am sure that you feel that way at times. Know that, even if you don’t get the grade that you will work so hard to get this year, even when trouble comes knocking at your door this year and you may choose to embrace trouble over Him at times, even if your heart gets hurt this year, know that you are deeply loved…even if. Every one doubts at times, but know this, without a doubt – WE LOVE YOU!!!!
11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. 12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, 13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. 14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. 15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry; (Psalm 34:11-15 NIV)