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,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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