What Am I Grateful For Today…Teachers of Every Kind

Additionally: Because the Teacher was wise, he constantly taught the people knowledge. He listened and investigated. He composed many proverbs. 10 The Teacher searched for pleasing words, and he wrote truthful words honestly (Ecclesiastes 12:9-10, Common English Bible).

Because I generally write my blog the night before it posts, it sometimes messes me up with the calendar. This weekend is just such a case. When this posts it will be Veteran’s Day. I am grateful for all who serve our society. I will actually write on this tomorrow and it will post on Sunday morning.

For today, I want to talk about teachers. I am grateful for teachers and believe they play one of the most important roles in our society. Yes, today I am grateful for teachers.

Last Saturday I was a vendor at the Miracle Market hosted by Columbia United Methodist Church in West Columbia, TX. I was selling paracord crafts and sold quite a few. One of the items that interested people most was a handle made of paracord for one of the stainless steel mugs such as Yetti, RTIC, and Ozark Trails. There was a lady who came up to my booth. In the course of our conversation, she mentioned that she was a teacher. She ended up buying one handle for her husband but expressed interest in one for herself. I gave her the handle as an expression of my thanks for the work she does for the children of our society.

I say this not to brag, but to say, we often don’t treat our teachers so well. We have loaded them down with paperwork. We make them responsible for student scores on standardized tests. We often tie their hands (no pun intended) but expect them to keep order in the classroom. And, much of the time, the only time they hear anything is when things go wrong.

I pray we find ways of treating our teachers better than this. Teachers, at least in my opinion, have the most important job in our society, preparing young minds to take their place in the world. We cannot forget that.

I titled this post for “teachers of every kind.” There are many different kinds of teachers and not all of them are in a formal classroom. I and my colleagues are teachers. We teach the Bible to children, youth, and adults. There are others too. Private industry has those on their staffs and contractors that teach everything from safety how to do a particular job or element of that job.

There are also those who teach in very informal ways. I spent part of my afternoon with my friend Richard. He was teaching me in some ways to do woodcarving and also how best to sharpen my tools. I am grateful that Richard was willing to take the time to teach me. He also showed me a great deal of his work. I was very impressed by the carvings he has done over the years.

If you are a parent, you are a teacher. Parents teach their children many things in life. They teach sportsmanship and fair play. They teach honesty and integrity. Hopefully, they teach the value of work and taking pride in what you do. There really is no limit to what parents teach their children.

Finally, if you are breathing, you are a teacher. People in the world around us watch us. They can be inspired or disheartened by what they see. Children see in all of us (contrary to what Charles Barkley used to say), role models. Some are great role models and others, not so much.  So teacher, be a good role model and inspire those around us.

I have learned so much during my lifetime from so many teachers. Today is a good day to say, Hey teachers, I am grateful for you today!

That is what I am grateful for today. What about you. What are you grateful for? Write it down in your journal and then share it with someone who needs to know just how much they have for which to be grateful.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Author:

Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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