Thursday, October 16, 2008

Teaching by God's Design

The word “teach” (in various forms, including past tense 'taught') appears 41 times in the ESV Bible.

By trade, I am a “teacher.” I get dressed up in relatively formal clothes, don mascara, gather my own children and get them in their car seats, and off we go to the baby-sitter's house. There they will be well fed, frequently diapered, entertained, and...taught.

Keagan is learning some Spanish because our baby-sitter (who, I might add, is a very strong believer in Christ) speaks Spanish fluently. She teaches him to sit down in Spanish, to pick up the toys in Spanish, to throw trash away in Spanish. These are all wonderful things, and during this time of necessity, I could not be more thankful for our children's exceptional caregiver.

Back to me.

Upon dropping my two children, both under the age of 3, off for the day, most mornings I run back to my car, jump in, barely clear my foot from the slamming car door, and barrel down the highway toward the school where I teach.

I teach college freshmen and sophomore students. On paper, I am supposed to be teaching them how to write a research paper that would accept their illiterate hind ends to a large university. The truth is: I teach them life lessons. One day I did an entire lesson over getting out of debt, buying a car with cash only, and snowballing their money to pay off existing debt. Some cared and actually listened. Others confessed they were still on course with their plan to jump into a $400 car payment for an $18,000 car, for which they will eventually pay well over $24,000.

This is not rocket Science. It is not even Composition. It is LIFE.
And the reason I am doing this is because someone did not get their morning memo explaining their job description.

Like some of my students' parents (but certainly not all), I've not been doing my first and foremost job. Why?

Because I've been too busy doing someone else's.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says: “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (ESV copyright Crossway Bibles, 2001).

Many, many times throughout the Bible, God gives the blueprint for raising children. This is merely one example. Guess who it always involves. The public school system? The church? The baby-sitter? No.

The Parents.

*Please pray for our family, as we are looking toward a shift in lifestyle according to the admonition we have been hearing from the Lord.*

(And just for fun, the word “mother” appears in the ESV Bible 13 times.)

<>< Cara