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,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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