7:29 AM: the school is quiet, the hallways are clear, the air hangs expectantly.
7:30 AM: an explosion of life bustles in the halls as 1,000 children make their way to their classrooms.
I am struck with one thought: Schools are Sacred.
More than 1,000 children in one house. Our lives converging in one scared place: our schools. We manage the numbers with class schedules, bus lines, hallway procedures, and classroom routines. But what we are really managing something far more precious, the lives, no more than that, the very souls of children.
Luke 17:1-2 says, “Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.”’
When we manage so many children for so many hours a day, things that cause people to stumble are bound to come. But teachers have a holy charge: we must not cause any one of these little ones to stumble.
Teachers hold the power of life and death. We talk for a living. We teach. We encourage. We correct. We witness. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Teachers: you have a sacred calling. Beloved teachers, I am so thankful that each of us has chosen the most noble profession. Snyder is a vitally important place to serve, and many of you do this job year after year with such compassion and servant hood. You are the hands and feet of Christ to hundreds. I am so thankful that our team is bold, determined, and is called. “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully” (Romans 12:4-8).
We all have different gifts. Some of us are passionate about math or reading, encouraging and counseling, patience and compassion, technology and strategy. We all use our gifts to serve, to teach.
How beautiful you are.
This is a sacred place. I am so honored to serve with you.
Matthew 25:40 "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you do for the least of these, you do for me."
Mother to True (18 months old) Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Foster Mom Isaiah 6:8 "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"