“This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”(Mark 4:26-29 NIV)
A recent article in NAEYC (National Association of Education of Young Children) is a great reminder that our teachers are “tending the fields” of the hearts and minds of our children without knowing really if there will be any fruit from their labor. They teach facts and principles, practice the disciplines of learning and in each subject help students see the Biblical worldview throughout their lives. Many of our teachers do it all knowing that it is likely a child/teenager may not even remember them when/if the fruit of their labor is realized.
They hope and pray that students will see and know that God is present in every part of their life and learning, that He’s much more than a Sunday and Wednesday visitor. He is everything, He IS the I am. Just like parents, teachers go through seasons of training our children when they wonder if anything they are doing or saying is getting through. Will the child(ren) that they love so dearly and pray for so earnestly ever “get it?”
To keep pursuing excellence in raising and teaching children in today’s world takes an intestinal fortitude that very few other occupations require. There is a spiritual battle for the hearts and minds of our next generation and those in the battle (teachers AND parents) can not shy away. Trusting that little seed to bloom in its due time is draining at times, and it’s why we need to continue encouraging one another to keep going.
It’s a very high calling to train children to be academically competitive, emotionally mature, and spiritually sure. Our teachers are called to train young disciples to grow up and train other disciples. Train them to bloom where they are planted and to do it with honor and respect of others.
We’re blessed with a great group of faculty and staff at CCA, pray for them regularly. Remember that this week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Let them know how thankful you are for their commitment to the next generation of Christian leaders.