It’s Not Just About Age, But Attitude…

How is your maturity?…

A few weeks ago I found myself having to discipline two students who decided that on that day they were old enough not to have to listen or do what I asked in class.  Instead, they decided that the best idea was for them to wrestle and fight in class.  My firmness came out and I sent them both to opposite corners of the room.  There they stood, arms folded, saying things in Spanish that I know were not simpatico (kind).  They were angry and defiant.  They spent the rest of the class sulking in their anger, rather than realizing that if they had decided to simply listen, class would have continued with games and conversation and in the process they would have learned.

Even now, at age 32, I can see moments when emotionally or mentally I can stand there pouting in the face of correction.  I think we all have done that.  I’ve really be studying Galations 6:1. Although this specifically is in relation to sin, I believe it is important to extend it to those moments when someone calls out the potential in us as well.  There are people in life who can and will call things out of us, but our guards must be down.  It isn’t an attack, but merely that they see the potential in us that we honestly may not be living out and that needs correction.

So I think about first, the response.  I read recently in a devotion, “Respond to God’s correction with gratitude”.  Without such correction, we would continue on the way we have been… either living out bad decisions or just living a life that we could simply manage on our own, not really reaching the greatness within us…never growing, never learning, never really being challenged. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see that as a worthwhile life.  Yet it isn’t always easy either.

The second response is action.  We need to grasp the truth of what is shared with us and take the initiative to correct it or to grow in different areas of our life.  We don’t simply say, thank you and stay on the same course…but in gratitude move forward…

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Kind Sentiments or Purposeful Action…

How are you living?

I’ve really been thinking a lot about life in the Spirit lately.  Being open to the Spirit’s guidance and the authority given to us as we live out each day.  For too long, I believe, I’ve kept life and life in the spirit separate.  I’ve doubted the power and authority in me, and can see how that has played out in my actions and life. 

What should be purposeful action, has simply become, kind sentiments.

Thankfully, God can still use us where we are at, because honestly, there is timidity in me…not so much humbleness, but timidity.  There have been several moments and examples lately proving this, but one I want to share took place while I was teaching. 

My students were going through their normal routine, review of vocabulary, computer work, games, and then entered a gentleman who was just waiting for his friends.  He sat in my class to wait, and as the students recognized his presence, their actions changed.  They stopped paying attention and wanted to “show off” for him.  They were distracted and I realized it, but I figured I could manage, even though I knew it wasn’t the best learning environment for them.  It continued to progress more and more and I knew I had to gain control and ask the gentleman to leave so that the children could once again focus.  Yet, I approached him not in a confident manner, as someone who has taught them for a year and knew what was best for them to learn, but I approached him with timidity, apologizing for inconveniencing him because I had to ask him to leave.  I have authority in my classroom and yet, I was like a 5-year old girl looking for approval.

ImageDon’t get me wrong, I don’t always live like this, but lately these moments have weighed on my mind.  They have made me think about how much I truly believe in the authority that is in me.

Even as I pray for my students or even for friends and family, how much authority am I praying with?

The guidance and direction of the Spirit, the authority that is within us…there is purpose for that.  And with that authority comes responsibility.  When I pray for my students, it’s with purpose, and I must believe that something changes for the better.  When the spirit directs my path or actions, it’s with purpose, and I must be aware and open to that. 

So much to learn, but thankful for each lesson learned…