On the 6th day, God created men and women.
On the 7th day, he rested.
Not so much to recuperate, but rather
to prepare himself for the work he was
going to do on the next day.
For it was on that day-the 8th
day-that God created the FIRST TEACHER.
This TEACHER, though taken from among men and women,
had several significant modifications.
In general, God made the TEACHER more
durable than other men and women.
The TEACHER was made to arise at a very early
hour and to go to bed no earlier than 11:30 p.m.-
with no rest in between. The TEACHER had to be
able to withstand being locked up in an air-tight
classroom for six hours with thirty-five "monsters"
on a rainy Monday. And the TEACHER had to be fit
to correct 103 term papers over Easter vacation.
Yes, God made the TEACHER tough...but gentle too.
The TEACHER was equipped with soft hands to wipe away
the tears of the neglected and lonely student...of those
of the sixteen year old girl who was not asked to the prom.
And into the TEACHER God poured a generous amount of patience
Patience when a student asks to repeat the directions the
TEACHER has just repeated for someone else.
Patience when the kids forget their lunch money for the
fourth day in a row.
Patience when one-third of the class fails the test.
Patience when the text books haven't arrived yet,
and the semester starts tomorrow.
And God gave the TEACHER a heart
slightly bigger than the average human heart.
For the TEACHER's heart had to be big enough
to love the kid who screams, "I hate this
class-it's boring!" and to love the kid who runs
out of the classroom at the end of the period without
so much as a "goodbye", let alone a "thank you".
And lastly, God gave the TEACHER an abundant supply of HOPE.
For God knew that the TEACHER would always be hoping.
Hoping that the kids would someday learn how to spell...
hoping not to have lunchroom duty...
hoping that Friday would come...
hoping for a free day....
hoping for deliverance.
When God finished creating the TEACHER, he stepped back and admired the
work of his hands. And God saw that the TEACHER was good.
And God smiled, for when he looked at the TEACHER,
He saw into the future.
He knew that the future is in the hands of the TEACHERS.
And because God loves Teachers so much, on the 9th day
God created "Hurricane Days or Snow Days."
Take the time to thank your teachers, whether they be school teachers, Sunday school teachers or your parents. Each one is a gift from God.
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
-2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV)
Dear Lord, Thank you for the teachers that you have put in our live. We pray that we would show each of them how thankful we are for all they do for us. In Jesus’ Name Amen.