Changing the World


 
I heard a very profound story a few nights ago. He was a retired teacher. In his last year as a teacher, some of his students asked him why he chose to be a teacher. He said that he had wanted to change the world. Then he said that obviously he hadn’t succeeded. His students then said that he had changed their worlds.
 
There are many good people and many followers of Christ in the teaching profession. Many start out with the desire to make a difference in life by making a difference in the lives of their students. After a while many are frustrated because they are bogged down with lots of duties that have nothing to do with their time with their students. At some point some leave the profession. For many it is not a matter of money. They leave because they are exhausted and they believe they cannot really make a difference in the lives of the students. Then there are others who come to terms with the fact that no one serves under ideal conditions and continue to soldier on.
 
I don’t think we should judge people for the decisions they make. All of us are unique and we have our own journeys to walk. But for those who choose to continue to be teachers, I hope the above story encourages you.
 
Exercises like teaching and mentoring are finally acts of faith. We may not see the fruit of what we do when we do it. The fruits may come much later in life. That is one blessing of being older. You begin to see some of the outcomes of the work you did a long time ago.
 
We are called to be salt and light. We want God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. We await the return of Christ to finally make all things new. In the meantime, we invest in lives. I suspect the world is changed one life at a time.

WWJP – What would Jesus post?

WWJP – What would Jesus post?

  Just heard an excellent lecture about social media from Dr Graham Hill. I conclude that many Christians, including myself, are basically ignorant about social media and how it “disciples” us. We end up being manipulated by those who know how to use...

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Grieve with Hope

Grieve with Hope

  I had the privilege of bringing the Easter sermon to a church we are close to last Sunday. Early in Holy Week I received news that a family in the community had lost a son. He had taken his own life. I struggled with how I should present the Easter sermon. I...

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Reaching Our Youth

In recent conversations with my friends in youth ministry, one theme keeps emerging. They tell me that more and more youth are grappling with depression and this often leads to self-harm. Some threaten suicide. And some succeed in carrying it out. This was brought...

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The Commitments Test

  How committed are your small-group members? This year I will have a number of opportunities to teach on healthy small groups. I will probably teach about the commitments test. There are at least three levels that small-group members are committed to in their...

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Back in STM

Back in STM

  I am in the Malaysia Theological Seminary (STM) for a few days, to teach an intensive course on spiritual friendship and it made me think of old friends. STM was a school that made me feel welcomed and allowed me to work with them at a very difficult point in...

read more

Changing the World


 
I heard a very profound story a few nights ago. He was a retired teacher. In his last year as a teacher, some of his students asked him why he chose to be a teacher. He said that he had wanted to change the world. Then he said that obviously he hadn’t succeeded. His students then said that he had changed their worlds.
 
There are many good people and many followers of Christ in the teaching profession. Many start out with the desire to make a difference in life by making a difference in the lives of their students. After a while many are frustrated because they are bogged down with lots of duties that have nothing to do with their time with their students. At some point some leave the profession. For many it is not a matter of money. They leave because they are exhausted and they believe they cannot really make a difference in the lives of the students. Then there are others who come to terms with the fact that no one serves under ideal conditions and continue to soldier on.
 
I don’t think we should judge people for the decisions they make. All of us are unique and we have our own journeys to walk. But for those who choose to continue to be teachers, I hope the above story encourages you.
 
Exercises like teaching and mentoring are finally acts of faith. We may not see the fruit of what we do when we do it. The fruits may come much later in life. That is one blessing of being older. You begin to see some of the outcomes of the work you did a long time ago.
 
We are called to be salt and light. We want God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. We await the return of Christ to finally make all things new. In the meantime, we invest in lives. I suspect the world is changed one life at a time.

WWJP – What would Jesus post?

WWJP – What would Jesus post?

  Just heard an excellent lecture about social media from Dr Graham Hill. I conclude that many Christians, including myself, are basically ignorant about social media and how it “disciples” us. We end up being manipulated by those who know how to use...

read more
Grieve with Hope

Grieve with Hope

  I had the privilege of bringing the Easter sermon to a church we are close to last Sunday. Early in Holy Week I received news that a family in the community had lost a son. He had taken his own life. I struggled with how I should present the Easter sermon. I...

read more
Reaching Our Youth

Reaching Our Youth

In recent conversations with my friends in youth ministry, one theme keeps emerging. They tell me that more and more youth are grappling with depression and this often leads to self-harm. Some threaten suicide. And some succeed in carrying it out. This was brought...

read more
The Commitments Test

The Commitments Test

  How committed are your small-group members? This year I will have a number of opportunities to teach on healthy small groups. I will probably teach about the commitments test. There are at least three levels that small-group members are committed to in their...

read more
Back in STM

Back in STM

  I am in the Malaysia Theological Seminary (STM) for a few days, to teach an intensive course on spiritual friendship and it made me think of old friends. STM was a school that made me feel welcomed and allowed me to work with them at a very difficult point in...

read more