Back to school is fast approaching! Teachers go back a week earlier than the students to set up their classrooms and to attend workshops that help sharpen their teaching skills and get them pumped for the new school year. Every year, these workshops are usually great and motivating, but in reality it is kind of repeating the same theories in a different approach.
One of the most important messages that I get out of these workshops is by far the idea that when you are a teacher you are 24/7 a teacher. The role of a teacher is tough. People are always judging you and watching you in your community. The gurus drive it home hard that we, as teachers, are to set an example of clean living and love for children and our community at all times.
Many times they give us different situations that our province has dealt with in the past from random teachers that might have made the wrong choice in a certain situation. They constantly warn us, but it seems every year they have a new case to share with us.
It is hard, I understand, especially when teachers are young. It’s difficult for a young adult to realize what a role model teachers must uphold in their community. Teachers are always under scrutiny for every little thing they do, say and even frequent. It’s part of the job description. A tough part of the job description, but nevertheless, it is part of what you sign up for when you are a teacher.
We can’t be out hammered at bars, we can’t be seen doing inappropriate activities, we can’t be cursing and swearing in public places. If we are working outside of being a teacher, we still have to remember we are a teacher first. Maybe a teacher is volunteering coaching or working with youth in other areas, but the rule still apply. We are always a teacher, and always need to be on our best behavior when in the public eye.
It even warns us this in the scriptures. In James 3:1 it tells us, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.”
As teachers, we sign up for this, making the decision to give our lives to teaching and our community. We have to realize we will be judged, and live with great strictness and scrutiny. As Christians, we have to do the same. Live like Christians who are going to be judged for our actions. Sadly, this is what has ruined Christianity for a lot of people. Many people who are Christians make poor decisions and the community sees their actions. This makes others form opinions of Christian people.
God forgives us for our sinful behavior, but our community members and other people in our lives, don’t forgive like God forgives. People judge us for everything we do, even if many times you don’t mean harm by it. All Christians make mistakes, but we should try our best to rectify our mistakes and not repeat them. Others have to remember that every Christian sees the word of God in their own personal interpretation, and it might not be the same as theirs. It’s not our place to judge this, just accept who they are and love them for that.
We are all trying to do our best with what we have. People can’t give what they don’t have.