As We Pray

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you (Proverbs 32:8 New International Version).

Yesterday I posted the blog with audio and video rather than written and typed. The feedback I received since has been extraordinarily positive. I know I will still so some posts in written form but continuing doing recorded posts as I believe video posts are going to be a regular part of Pondering with DrB moving forward.

I have always had great respect for teachers. As a whole, I am not sure there is a group of people elsewhere in our society that work harder and deserve more than teachers.

I know there are many who say, “Teachers get off every day at 3:00, they have off all summer plus a week for Thanksgiving, two weeks at Christmas and a week for spring break. I don’t get that much time off.”

While those things may be true, I want to share a couple of thoughts. First, in my year teaching, I never once got off work at 3:00. My last class didn’t end until 3:40. And, no, that didn’t mean starting in the morning later. The first bell was at 7:45, making the day over eight hours and that is before grading papers and before writing lesson plans.

Compensation is also not comparable. The average salary for a person with a bachelor’s degree is $61,000. For a teacher with a bachelor’s degree, the average salary is $44000.

Those are just two reasons I believe we need to pray for our teachers, our students and our schools. There is nothing we can do more important for any of those groups than to pray. And the best thing about it, it doesn’t cost you any money and not a lot of time. Teachers deserve our prayers. Students deserve our prayers. Prayer is the most important thing we can do for them.

To that end, Let us Pray…

Be blessed.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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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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