May 7th is officially “teacher appreciation day,” and focuses on the importance of teachers for all of us. While it is right and good to be thankful for our teachers every day, I am glad there is a designated day that reminds us to be grateful. I am so thankful for the teachers in my life. Those teachers who have invested in me have made a massive impact on my life.
My 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Chauvin, told me I was a leader. My 11th grade English teacher, Mrs. Landry, helped me love to read and think about writing. My seminary professor, Dr. Waggoner, became a mentor for years. I married into a family of teachers and saw quickly their passion for people and their love for teaching. Kaye’s father was a high school principal and Kaye’s mom ran the cafeteria. Kaye became a teacher. Her brother is a principal. One of her sisters is a college professor.
When I think about the importance of teachers in my life, there are at least three lessons I must apply to being a pastor.
Importance of Teachers Point #1. Teach content to people; don’t just teach content.
The most influential teachers in my life did not just love their content; they also loved me. Effective teachers (and preachers) combine a passion for what they are teaching with care for the people they are teaching. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, “To love to preach is one thing, to love those to whom we preach quite another.” Desiring to get “through” the content is very different than getting the content “through” to the people you love.
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