I love my students this year! I’m very fortunate to spend my days with such an incredible group of young people! It’s fun getting to know their personalities. You get a big mix of characters in a classroom and we all have to make it through a year together. I spend more time with these children then I do my own for this year at school and it is incredible to watch how they grow under my supervision.
My rule is always treat my students like I’d like my own children to be treated. I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing, because in my home we are big on independence, responsibility for your actions and no excuses. It helps that I have the firm support of my husband as back-up, but not everyone parents the same way.
As our days progress together, I’m learning all their ins and outs. Some love to work. Some avoid it all cost. Some find the work overwhelming. Some talk negatively and defeated before they even start. Some make excuses why they can’t work. It really is entertaining to watch their personalities unfold before my eyes. I cherish them all!
Then I think that must be the way God feels as we all develop as human beings on this earth. He watches how our personalities unfold. What choices we make. Our likes and dislikes. The way we handle situations and how we learn from them.
Every situation that we face throughout our lives are really just tests for us to learn from. Just like our days in my classroom. My students face the same routine every day, but each day we increase our learning and build on what they learned the day before.
The same goes with our lives. We all have the same routine. We wake up face the world and then go to bed at night, but it is what we do between our time we wake up and the time we go to bed that counts. Are you building on what you learned from past experiences? Or are you making the same mistake over and over again?
Some people are slower learners than others and constantly repeat the same thing expecting a different outcome, but we have to change our approach if we want to see a different ending to our stories. I was a slow learner! How many times did I make the same mistake? Countless!
Good thing God is a patient God! As, I have to be in my classroom as I watch my students make mistakes and learn from them, it makes me a very proud teacher. God is also proud when we finally clue in and stop making the same mistakes in our own lives that he has been trying to teach us through the life tests he presents to us.
Proverbs 22:3 puts it perfectly, “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” We can continue to make the same mistake over and over again, blame other people, or other circumstances for our mistakes and suffer for it. Or we can take responsibility for our actions and learn from our past dangers or past mistakes, and change what we do so that we don’t make the same mistake.
What mistake in your life do you continue to make over and over again? Stop making excuses for yourself, take responsibility and make a change today! Make God proud that you are finally learning what he’s been trying to teach you. I know as a teacher, it is a great feeling when a student finally has that “AH-Ha” moment! Give God his well deserved “AH-Ha” moment that he’s been patiently been waiting for today!