Teaching always draws me into my thoughts more deeply causing me to consider all the ways we learn, the many things we have to undo and redo in life because what we were first taught doesn’t hold true over time.

The fundamentals of reading, writing, and math are the easy things in the grand scheme, though we surely don’t realize it as young children embarking on what seems like monumental tasks.

Teaching this week about relationships and communication in my Marriage and Family class has stretched me. There’s no way to do this work well without investing the best that I have which happens to be my heart. How important it is to teach well so that what is learned is true and can bring about lasting change that will benefit the learner from here on out. If only we all learned the big lessons correctly first, at home, in tenderness and love instead of having to grapple through the early years in a fog of confusion, teasing out what is beyond our ability to grasp as best we can while the hurt grows along with our young bodies.

Everyone doesn’t get to start in the same place. Environments differ greatly and leave a tangible imprint. I remember this as I teach delicate subjects and often pray that the lessons I give are delivered in love and gentleness, to be an agent of healing when that is what is needed as well as a teacher of meaningful lessons.

I think of my life’s journey that has been riddled with its own challenges and as much as it has hurt I give thanks for the sensitivity that it has wrought in me, the awareness that it brings. The Good Lord is indeed good, making beauty from ashes and giving grace to cover sin, yours and mine…

I’ve struggled through a hard afternoon, but looking back to morning prayer I give thanks for its anchor. I have to remind myself again and again that these challenges are not by accident. They are the means by which we are changed and there is always grace built into God’s  plans; He works with patient, diligent hands. This we must remember as days grow long and years of struggle are slow.

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you. To Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 5:10-11)

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