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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

What is Christian Spirituality?

Lately I've been starting off my day by listening to the Podcast of the Village, of sermons that we've missed.

Today's message (from May) really touched my heart. It was from the Village Core Values series. The whole sermon was on different ways people express their spirituality, or gifts. This is something that is really close to Josh and I. It's really important to both of us that we are doing something that is for the good of others and will make an impact on someone, whether this be through our job or just our everyday lives.

The whole time I was listening to the talk, I kind of just sat back and smiled, thinking how funny the Lord is. Throughout the course of this summer break, I've really been thinking about my kids at school and myself as a teacher. The whole reason I've ALWAYS wanted to be a teacher was because of my love for children and hopefully the impact I could have on their life. Now, I'm not going to lie, those are two things that sometimes during the school year I need to be reminded of. But on those tough days, I always just try to take a step back and watch my kids and remember why I do my job.

This past year this was something that I had to do quite often, due to a certain student. This student was someone that would lie, oh about 10 times a day, to my face. Bold face, look me in the eye, lie. He would steal, my things and the students. He would cheat, not even off the smart kid. And he would torment the other kids. All of these things, made it really difficult at times to love him. But in the end that was all he needed and wanted, and JUST the reason I had been saying I was a teacher. For these moments. It was at that realization, that I was truely able to see what my role was, what my "gift" was. I needed to love him, hug him, and care for him in the way that the Lord would. And I knew that this was something that he was not going to get anywhere else, therefore if I was the only way he would see the face of the Lord, then that was my job.

So I guess, that's the reason the message today hit me so hard. I've already been thinking about ways that I can let Christ shine through me as my students teacher. And really I think this will change my whole attitude as a teacher and the attitude of my class. To love my students, the best way I know how, as Christ did.

Ephesians 4:15-16
"Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows, and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."

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