“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us new in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” – Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
It’s not about teaching at all. That may sound contradictory for someone who has committed the last ten years of their life to education and to someone who couldn’t think of anything else that they would like to do with their life. I became a teacher for a number of reasons. Miss Jones, my phenomenal Year 5 teacher at Long Row Primary School, encouraged me to see the possibilities in education. She encouraged countless students to think broader than their immediate situation. My parents and my wife are avid readers and thinkers and encouraged me to pursue a vocation passionately.
The reason I teach so that I may add value to God’s masterpieces and because I have the privilege of equipping them for all that God has called them to do – that’s it. I teach because students are God’s masterpieces – if you are ever feeling inspired or fed up with the circumstances in your life I encourage you to step foot inside of a classroom. The vibrancy, the life, and the excitement is contagious. The potential of young people and their zeal for the future is awe inspiring.
I teach because colleagues are God’s masterpieces – we have a responsibility, as ministers at work, to treat others with worth and to instill value into the lives others. In many cases, those that we work with see us more than our family. We have a responsibility to interact with them in a way that upholds their Christ-given value.
I teach because we are God’s are masterpieces – as professionals, we have the responsibility to outwork our calling wherever we are positioned. If you don’t pursue what has been placed in your heart, with absolute abandon, then the world misses out.
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) captures the essence of why I teach and the reason why so many people get up each day and go to work outside of the church. We get the incredible privilege seeing people live larger lives than they could have ever imagined. We get to add value to people and being part their journey. That’s why I teach.