Report Card Season

Being a teacher is a fabulous job!  I always say I have the best job in the world, and I truly mean it.  I’ve worked many places, and teaching is by far the most enjoyable of them all.  I get to hang out with terrific children all day long, and try and educate them in many ways.  It is very rewarding and entertaining!

Report card time, is probably the only time that I feel overwhelmed.  Trying to teach your normal day, and then bring all the marking that you’ve been doing to a close from the last four months is a bit stressing by times.

Although report card season is a ton of work, I do enjoy coming up with the comments to explain the student to their parents.  It pleasures me to tell parents what a great job they are doing with their children.  As a mother, and an educator, I have come to realize that everyone is trying to do their best in this life.  I always try to look for the best in the students that I teach, and expand on this.  Sure there are negatives to every student I teach, but there are negative about myself and there are negatives about everyone.

If I wrote negative comments about a student, their parents would probably already know that they are like this.  They are probably fighting with them about this at home too.  Just like God knows all our negatives.  He is our divine creator.  I honestly wouldn’t want to see my report card in his eyes!  I know there are many ways that I could improve.  But, just as he gave us our weaknesses, he wants us to focus on our strengths.  As we focus on our strengths our weaknesses will strengthen as well.

I’m learning that we all should focus on unconditional love.  We are not put on this earth to control the people in our lives.  We are here to build them up, not tear them down.  There will always be people in your world that will tear you down, but I want to be the person that builds people up, and make them realize their potential.  Nobody needs to have their flaws highlighted!

I’m a huge Proverbs 31 fan, and Proverbs 31:26 says “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.”  You might not be like me and writing report cards that will be saved for students to look back on years to come, but you do have an impact on the people in your life.  Are you using words of kindness or are you more of the sarcastic, critical type?

Please watch sarcasm in your life.  You may find it funny, but the other person might not.  It is said that the use of sarcasm is just exposing a person’s bitter heart.  If you have a bitter heart, don’t take it out on others.  That is just tearing people down, and showing the world your own insecurities.

If you are a person who needs support on getting sarcasm out of your life, or you need to practice self-control with your emotions or maybe you throw out too many critical remarks (they are red flags revealing a proud, envious, selfish or an angry heart) try turning to the scripture to help transform your emotional well-being.

The entire book of Proverbs is a great place to start!  They are littered with every day wisdom.  God promises that he will help you with this, and he will!  James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”  Then he also promises in Mark 11:24, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

All you have to do is ask, and you will start finding the good in everyone.  You will be able to focus on people’s positive attributes and ignore the negative.  Remember, we are all made perfectly perfect and it is not a teacher’s, parent’s, friend’s, coach’s, boss’s or spouse’s purpose to focus on people’s flaws, it is our job to focus on the strengths of the people in our lives.

Today, do your own report card.  Where do you need to improve in your behavior towards the people in your life?  Remind God of his promises and then start praising him for changing your heart, your tongue and your mind and watch the people in your life respond to the new you.  You will be pleasantly surprised on how important the words we use affect our daily lives!