Becoming a Teacher

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I am discouraged. In light of recent events, James 3 is tumbling around my mind. "Not many of you should become teachers..."

First, and most applicably, I teach a Sunday School class. I have kids with whom I read and share about Scripture.

Second, I spend a great deal of time interacting with high school and college aged kids. While not specifically a teacher, I do mentor, share Scripture, and do my best to provide Godly guidance and counsel.

Third, I blog. I have taken on a public role of writing and sharing. While I welcome input and feedback, what I write is read. I hope <smile>.

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Teacher, Talker, Blogger

I've become a teacher. I am all too aware of the obvious places where I stumble. I'm sure I stumble in ways I do not even recognize yet. And the judgement that awaits me stricter for my teaching. May I be one of whom it is true that my words are "pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere."

I love Scripture. I love that with Sonlight we primarily read Scripture. We don't presume to be teachers. We do share some information here and there, but allow you to dig into the Bible yourself. As you teach your children, may humility and peace be hallmarks of your study. And may you "reap a harvest of righteousness" as the fruit of your labor. For as discouraged as I am by our capacity for sin and selfishness and pride, I am bolstered by the uplifting words of Scripture that urge me to live a life worthy of the calling I have received.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Guardian

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2 Comments

  1. Warren Baldwin

    Luke, I am a teacher, and I worry about some of the things you address here. Then I think, what if I (we) don't teach? I think we are better off teaching and making some mistakes then not teaching, b/c that would be the biggest mistake of all. I think one of the keys is to be humble, be grateful of any positive feedback (as opposed to be expectant for it), and constantly ask if what we are saying/teaching is glorifying God. Thanks for the reminder of the importance and danger of what we do.

  2. Agreed, Warren. Good points.

    ~Luke