It's that time of year again when I think about Mrs. Goranson, Mrs. Strankman, Miss Just, Mr. Sands, Mr. Loomis, Mr. Baer, Mrs. Schwindemin, Dr. Savage, and all influential teachers I had from Kindergarten through college. Their names I remember, their voices I still hear and I see them as they were then. I cross paths with only a few any more, we are peers now, but it is almost humanly impossible for me to call them by their first names.
These that I've mentioned, and a few more, created such an indentation upon my psyche that I cannot forget them...but ask me what skills they taught, what their test questions were, what year I learned to read English or read music...when I began to add or subtract, when I started writing in cursive (remember THAT) or learned how to type and I probably cannot remember any of those dates or events. What I remember is the person who looked on me as a student of life. I remember the person who took time to care about me and who, like my parents, saw me regularly and took the time to know me. I remember people that I looked up to and emulated, teachers that were heroes to me...it wasn't what they taught me, it is who they were.
All of these teachers taught thousands of students, some of these mentioned would have a difficult time remembering who I was, some wouldn't (for many reasons), but to me they will always be a foundational part of who I am. And what they shared, in distinct and sometimes subtle ways, was practical love.
We are all someone's influence, someone's hero. There is a child out there somewhere who looks up at each of us and emulates, learns and absorbs what they see. We, as adults, may casually walk through our days without a thought as to each gesture we make, each flippant word we speak, not realizing that we are "teaching" someone about life...whether good or ill, unknowingly influencing an innocent down one path or the other.
Jesus says that our love-in-action is what keeps us close to Him. When we embrace a child, give to a person in need, take care of those who cannot take care of themselves, teach those who would learn...we are doing all those things to and for Him...even to the least considered in this world.
A good teacher is a hero to follow. We all teach, whether we choose to or not, that's not arguable. WHAT we teach is the question.
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