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Blessings I Enjoy Today from My School Teaching Experience

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As I look back on my school teaching experiences, many memories run through my mind. Teaching school was probably one of the most difficult jobs I’ve ever had; but it was also one of the most rewarding. There are rewards that a schoolteacher receives that differ from the rewards of most other jobs.
One of the rewards that has blessed me is seeing young, immature people develop into mature, godly young men and women. Teaching teenagers can be very challenging, and it can be easy to develop a cynical attitude toward them. Sometimes it felt like much of your teaching did not sink in. But then you would notice that some of your teaching was taken to heart; that it was put into practice. And as time continues to move on, I see them continue to develop and grow into young people that truly want to serve the Lord. I was often inspired by their commitment when they were students in school, and I am still inspired as I see that continuing commitment. One of the greatest privileges I had was to share the lot with one of my former students. There is no greater reward than seeing them grow in their love for the Lord.
Another reward is seeing many of them become schoolteachers themselves. Sometimes students will question the need for the structure and discipline that is necessary in a classroom. But as they grow in their understanding, you see them not only understanding the need for it but also embracing the disciplines essential for a classroom to be successful. I saw many of them develop into teachers with a heart for their students, teachers that didn’t just go through the motions but had compassion for those they were responsible for. Sometimes there were those students that didn’t seem to be teacher material, but I saw them develop their gifts and talents to become very successful teachers.
One of the rewards I enjoy the most is the relationships that were established in school that continue into the present. As your students grow up, marry, and establish their own families, it turns into a relationship of equals, instead of a teacher/student relationship. I find it a great blessing to be able to sit together and talk about their families, the challenges they face, current events, or any other subject. It is a blessing to pray together, work together, and laugh together.
Proverbs 10:22 says, The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. I look back on my teaching days with much fondness and am thankful for the blessing of the Lord.