Thursday, January 31, 2008

Planning


Over the past few weeks, I've felt like I've been an utter failure at teaching. My students are doing poorly on tests, they are missing numerous problems on their homework, and they don't seem to know the basics of math during class (such as 3x3 is 9). Never mind that almost every student's brain seems to go to sleep between January 1 and March 31--I thought I was a failure. Why had I even gone to school for 7 years? Oh...funny story about that later. Anyhow, remember that sit and plan time I had a week ago? And I decided that I needed to sit and plan every morning??? Well, lo and behold, (drum roll please) IT WORKS!!! Imagine that! I have come into work every morning and started planning right away. I look at the curriculum I will be covering in all 6 of my classes and begin to roll around some ideas in my head. I make sure I understand all of the different lessons **completely** and then go from there. You see...in any logical world, I would have been doing this anyway. And to defend myself, I was...2--well 3--ok maybe 4 months ago. Ok, so it's been a while. But now I see why they train you to do that kind of stuff in college. Hopefully, this difference will soon be showing up in test scores. Although, it's a little late because report cards go out next Friday. But for the coming quarter it will be good. I'm sure. God is so good to point out good ideas to improve myself.

And the funny story... A kid was telling me about some movie he watched. He was laughing and saying that this one guy said something like, "I know this guy who went to college for 7 years." And the other guy went, "You call that a doctor." And I thought...wow I could be getting paid so much more money and living in the fast lane of the ER. But oh yeah...my classroom is as fast a lane as you'd ever want to be in.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Health

I was thinking today about how often, or rather how un-often, I've been sick in the last few years. I missed church this last Sunday. I didn't become coherent until about 11:30 am...eww! But I can't remember the last time I've missed church because of sickness. It's been at least 6 or 7 years. How amazing is that! My missing church is a difficult thing because I serve in so many areas. But God has allowed me to be healthy so that I can serve Him and my brothers and sisters in Christ every Sunday. What a privilege!

Also, it was such a huge blessing to know that I could be totally unneeded on a Sunday. It is so easy to get into the mindset that we are indespensible when it comes to our roles in church. But people stepped in and I was not needed. How neat to see the body of Christ work together. He is good!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Romans 1

This morning I read Romans 1:18-32 in my devotions. This passage always amazes me because it refutes the age old excuse of "I didn't know" when it comes to accepting Christ. They say that they do not believe in God because they cannot see Him, touch Him, feel Him. However, it says in verse 20 that "His invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been make. So they are without excuse." They have no excuse because His glory is in all things around us. Wow!!

But they take that excuse a step further and reason that because there is no God, they can do whatever they please. They can be their own moral compass. They ignore the morality that God instilled in them from the very start, and come up with their own. I love how Paul states their efforts. "Claiming to be wise, they became fools" (verse 22). They seem wise in their own eyes, but when you stand back and really look at them, they are fools.

Doesn't that sound like todays post-modern society. We come up with our own morality as a society and pass it off as the real deal. Later in this chapter, Paul discusses homosexuality and the way the Romans had accepted it as normal. But in all reality, it was slapping God in His face. That is a lot like our society today. Verse 32 is a shocker too. "Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them." How many so-called Christians do we know that give approval to homosexual practices? Or to pre-marital sex? Or to abortion? There are so many in our churches who accept and approve of these practices. Even though they know God's decree about these things.

I was convicted today as I read this. How many times do I let approval of sin in some sort of way in my life? As a teacher, I have a greater responsibility to mold the minds of these young people who hear most information through the filter of the fools. May God give me the strength and the wisdom today and every day to teach them what is right and good. To teach them what God says...to point out what God has written on their hearts.


As a side note, please pray that the Lord will help me get through today at work. My coughing is really pretty bad. It could be an interesting and very long day.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Ahh...

Sickness is such a humbling thing to endure. It is amazing what your body does. I'll just leave it at that. But one question...how much snot can your nose make? It truly is amazing!

Ok that was pretty gross. I have been trying to read my Bible, but I am having such a hard time concentrating on the words that I decided to just come here and write about what God has shown me in the last few days and leave it at that.

Over the last year, a few of my friends and I have been going through the book Shopping For Time by Carolyn Mahaney and her daughters. In one chapter, they encourage their readers to sit and review different areas of their lives. Areas such as their relationship with God, their family, their friends--saved and unsaved, and their physical health to name a few. I have been meaning to do this for some time and was finally able to last Monday (many thanks to Martin Luther King Jr. for having a birthday). This is what I came up with...

Growing in Godliness
  • memorize Colossians 3:1-17
  • consider others as more important than myself
Love my Family
  • Call my brother randomly during the week because I never really see him
  • Spend time with my Grandma B
  • Visit my crazy Grandma :) once a week
Evangelize non-Christians
  • My students--my GOAL is to share Christ in some way every day
Attend to my Work
  • Sit and plan every morning--15 min of planning saves 4 hrs of wasted time thinking about what to do next...good tip also from the book
  • Pray for my students every morning before school
  • Make Christ the center of education every day
Care for my Physical Health
  • Exercise 3 times a week for 1/2 hr
  • Eat healthier
I was all gung-ho to do all of this and do it well when suddenly I got sick...hmmm.... As my loving aunt so wisely told me...God told me emphatically to rest. So after I'm done with my resting, I will get started on these things... However, I can memorize while I'm flat on my back, so off I go to Colossians 3.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

I'm Back

Ok I'm back...

I had to stop blogging for a while for a few reasons...but I'm back. And I'm sick. I'm not sure I'll get to go see those wonderful heathen students of mine tomorrow or not. I really feel nasty, so we'll see. Dayquil is an amazing drug though. It helps a lot!

And I'm kinda glad I'm sick today cuz it is pouring buckets outside. There's nothing like snuggling up in the blankets when it's raining outside. So I'm enjoying it in moderation.

School is busy. You should see the stack of papers that must be graded soon because the end of the semester looms in front of me. I would tackle them if I could actually sit up. Maybe later on. My one problem child that has such a hard time learning is doing amazingly better. He is actually paying attention in class for the most part. Gotta keep that kid in prayer. :)

Ahh...my energy is leaving me, so I must say goodbye. I'll be back soon :)