God Likes School, My Student’s Don’t

I am a teacher and in my many years of experience I have given thousands of tests.  It might sound a bit simple, but I’ve deduced that the only thing that stands between my students and their success is whether or not they understand what is on the test!
You see, my students look to me to teach them what they need to know.  They do so unwillingly for the most part, seeing school an institutional jail in most cases as opposed to the inspirational springboard to success that I see it as.  But I digress.  The means by which they grow in knowledge is whether I am willing (and capable) to share mine with them.  Then, they are expected to put this knowledge into practice and prove their understanding of it.  The more they practice, the better off they are.  

Interestingly enough, our spirituality is the same.  The only thing that stands between us and Heaven is knowledge.  We are first unwillingly sent to Earth to learn this knowledge (which God sees as a inspirational springboard to success but we tend to see as a jail of sorts).  Then, we look to God to share His knowledge with us (unless we think that by eating His apples we need not consult Him).  Next, we are supposed to put this knowledge into practice and prove our understandings of them.  The more we practice, the better off we are.

Our lives are a constant test that includes the (multiple) choices we make, the recognition of what is true (and false), the (fill in the) blank slates of forgiveness, and the (story) problems that we face every day.  While I am sure that most of us are either barely passing or waiting until the last moment to study, the Teacher is instructing.

Listen to Him, and always be prepared for a (pop) quiz.

Key Bible Verses for Teachers

“Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness.” ~2 Timothy 3:16

Since meeting a die-hard Evengelical Christian a few years ago, I was humbled at how little I as a Catholic knew about the Bible. Since our meeting, I have become a Scripture junkie and love how our Catholic traditions go hand-in-hand with the Bible.

In the same way that Catholic tradition needs Scripture, I’m finding out every day how much Education needs it too. We can create our own methodologies, pedagogies and management techniques, but the more I read the Bible, the more I realize that every new and successful Educational trend was already practiced 2,000 years ago or more.

I recommend you grab your Bibles and read it through your teacher’s lens carefully. Here are a few key verses to get us started.

Job 36:22
“Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a teacher like Him?

Matthew 8:19
Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”

Matthew 23:8
“But do not be called Rabbi ; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers

Luke 6:40
“A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.

John 3:2
this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher ; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

John 13:13
“You call Me Teacher and Lord ; and you are right, for so I am.”

Hebrews 5:12
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.

James 3:1
Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.

Matthew 18: 3-6
“Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Hope this helps in defining our vocations a bit.  Now, keep reading and discover a multitude of timeless methodologies.

Live Jesus in our hearts forever!