Well, here's my latest illustration. I hope you like it. I've been meaning to do an illustration for Briana's teachers since kindergarten (and now it's 4th grade). I still have to do one to honor bus drivers, though.
I love back-to-school. Yeah, I know what you're thinking, but I've ALWAYS loved back to school. Of course it's my birthday time of year too. But I just plain like school. I loved notebooks and pencils and book covers when I was in school, and I still love that stuff - and oh, those seasonal bulletin boards! I just liked learning. I'm what you might call a perpetual student. I don't recommend that, but I do feel more comfortable in a classroom than almost anywhere else. I nearly became a teacher on a few occasions, and may still in the future. I volunteer at school, too. And I have a lot of respect and appreciation for teachers. How they get our children to behave and focus when it's so hard at home, is still a mystery to me. One of the blessings of moving in with Mom, is that we moved into an incredible school district. I just wanted something better than the city, but what we got is one of the nation's top 5% high schools, and one of the best, highest scoring elementary schools in the country. And still, Bri scored higher than most of the kids at her school, in the county and in the state. I don't mean to brag, but you gotta be happy about that! Anyway, even in our school district, teaching isn't easy, and I know that all over the country teachers are putting out their time and their money to help our children achieve success...in school, as citizens, and in life. I just want to say 'thanks!'
The one area where I WOULD recommend being a perpetual student is where it comes to God. The Bible has so much to teach us, and it never reads the same way twice. In his infinite wisdom, God is able to enlighten us about His desires for us and about our areas for improvement or encouragement using the same book for everyone over millennia. That's miraculous right there! I remember trying to read the Gospels when I was an unbeliever, and it just made no sense to me. Now, when I read it, I feel it's wisdom unlocking. And when I look at my notes in the margin, I see how even my own understanding has changed over the years. And yet, I still pray like the psalmist 'lead me in your truth and teach me.' I have very far to go, and sometimes I feel like I've lost my way, but I know God will lead me and teach me. Some lessons have been hard to learn. Some paths I needed to be dragged down. As a Christian I often feel more like a kindergartner than a college student. And a big lesson I've learned is that wisdom is no substitute for faith. Look at Solomon, look at learned Pharisee, Paul. They had plenty of wisdom, but they let their faith slip, and it nearly ruined them. And that wisdom can really get in the way of faith. Wisdom can lead to pride and make us think we know better than God, it might make it easier to live without God for a time. I've been there. But I've also learned that 'the more I know, the more I know I don't know'. In all of the wisdom of man, there is plenty of room for God.
Dear Lord, please bless all of the teachers in the world, and bless their work in training up children (and adults). Help us to be teachers, as your son was, in sharing the gospel. And as students of your Word and your Ways, teach us follow your path and know your truth so that we may accomplish your work here on earth. Amen.