Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Receiving My "Payment"

I love volunteering and teaching in my kindergarten class. I'd do it if they didn't pay me. Well, they don't pay me. But I do it because that's what God has called me to do. And I learn as much from the kids as I teach.

But, recently, I feel that God has been "paying" me as a teacher. As mentioned in an earlier post, I've watched several older children profess faith in Christ and be baptized, children that I taught when they were kindergartners. God has helped me see how others have built on the truths that I helped these children discover. That is payment for me.

The mother of one of those boys told us: "He chose John 3:16 as his favorite verse. He said that he knew what it meant because he first learned it in Mr. Scott and Mrs. Cindy's class." That's payment for me.

The mother of one of our new children said she was talking about the new class with her child. Her two older children (both had been in our class) said: "That is THE kindergarten class! You'll love it!" That's payment for me.

Last week, toward the end of our time with the brand-new group of kindergartners, I overheard two boys talking. "Our little class was boring," one said. "This class is fun." That's payment for me.

I love teaching preschoolers and kindergartners. I will always be involved with young children in some way. But, sometimes I must admit, things get difficult or discouraging. I'm glad that God knows what we need to feel "paid" for our work. He is good to help us see the impact we can make through Him.

I'm not foolish enough to believe that Cindy and I are the reason that the kids respond in these ways. God's love and power covers a great deal of mistakes and missteps. He is the reason that children are excited to learn and grow. I'm glad I can be a part of His work in these young lives.

How has God "paid" you? How has He affirmed His call to teaching in your life? Thank Him for that.

Words by Lillian
Photo by R. Scott Wiley

2 comments:

  1. Just this summer, in VBS, I helped a rising 6th grader learn how to use the Bible for the first time. Later in the week, he encouraged another classmate with "Hey, I just learned!" "And it just takes practice, right?" I asked him. He nodded. He wasn't embarrassed. Seemed rather proud of his new skill.

    Those moments make all the prep, all the concern, all the admonishments to keep "6 legs on the floor!" worthwhile.

    ~ Andi H. ~

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  2. Love the photo with writing in playdough. I've been trying out ideas in our book area. That is an area of the room that our children rarely visit and I thought I might do an article about stimulating interest in a reading center. The playdough writing would be a great thing to do as children discover key words in books. I'm gonna try it!
    Love the thoughts in your blog--the "payment" we get for teaching kindergartners is priceless!

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