|Posted by Lizzy Armentrout on May 13, 2010 at 6:19 PM|
In just a few days it’ll be time once again to start cleaning my classroom, taking downbulletin boards, storing teaching supplies for the summer. Every year it seems as if the school year goes by faster and faster. As I look at my students, I remember so well the first week when they looked more like children and now they look more like young teenagers and are getting ready to enter jr high! It would be so easy to give into temptation and write a couple of the students off…you know, those ones who never have their books, or didn’t complete homework, or are tardy every day, or are content to just squeak by with the lowest possible grade to pass, or love getting into trouble. Over my years of teaching, I’ve seen many teachers give up on a kid or act like they think the child will never get it, and at times I’ve also been guilty of it. Thankfully, the Lord put a speaker in my path,many years ago that made a statement that I will never forget. She said, “The last chapter has not been written on anyone’s life until they are dead and the tombstone is written.” WOW! Now that I’vebeen teaching for over 20 years, I can whole-heartedly agree with her. I’m thinking of a little fellow that literally drove me nuts….couldn’t sit still, wouldn’t listen, always had an excuse…I couldn’t wait until he moved on! That was over 10 years ago, and today he’s a wonderful young man who is studying for the ministry! He’s tenderhearted, compassionate, and sold-out forGod. What if I had told him that he’d never amount to anything? He is one of the many young adults that are a constant reminder to me that the child I’m teaching today will change in many ways before adulthood. It is my job (along with many others) with the help of the Lord to encourage him and point him in the right paths. Will that student always choose the right paths? Unfortunately, no, and many times they don’t choose those right paths while they’re a student. So many times adults expect children and teens to make adult decisions and when they don’t make those decisions those same adults will “write them off” and think (and many times communicate it to him/her) that they will never amount to anything. So, as this year winds to a close, I’m looking at these rambunctious sixth graders and wondering, “Lord, I just can’t wait to see what You are going to do with him/her!” You never know…that might just be the future Hudson Taylor in my classroom!