Yesterday was Meet The Teacher Day at Jenks West Elementary from 11 – 2 and 3 to 7. I was given the task of being a greeter at one of the doors, directing families to their teacher and to the library to pick up their school supplies.
I can’t remember the last time I saw anything cuter. Little pre-K girls in ruffled dresses with brightly colored bows in their hair. Little pre-K boys with hair gel holding their Mohawks stiffly in place. Tennis shoes that lit up with each hop, skip and jump. Backpacks bigger than the children wearing them chock-full full of brand new school supplies.
I don’t know who was more excited, me with my new job, or the pre-K students about going to big school for the first time and meeting their teachers.
There is something about that bond between a student and his or her first teacher. It’s a mutual admiration. A love story. A time of growth and maturity. An innocent trust. A desire to please.
These little pre-kindergarteners are like sheep without a shepherd. They walk around aimlessly without the guidance from their parent or teacher. Similar to the crowds before Jesus. Just as we educators feel a compassion for them, so did Jesus for the masses. He still today feels a compassion for us. And for the little children.
He is the great teacher. He continuously used stories to illustrate points He was trying to explain. He asked questions. He engaged his audiences by several different means of teaching about several different things.
I encourage you today to thank God for all He has taught you. To thank Him for all those who have taught you some type of lesson in life. And to ask God to help you teach others by your living example what His plan is for righteous living.
And if you haven’t already, I encourage you to meet the true teacher. Jesus Himself. I can promise you He has lesson plans you never dreamed of just waiting to be opened, waiting to be taught, in your name.
When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.
Love and laughter,