Saturday, February 13, 2016

Trophy of Grace

"Thy grace can melt the worst sinner, and I am as vile as he;
Yet Thou hast made me a monument of mercy,
A trophy of redeeming power . . ."
-Valley of Vision

In John 4, Jesus meets the woman at the well.  She was so covered in shame that she had to draw her water when no one else was around to see her.  But one day, she met Jesus.  He talked to her - a woman living in sin.  He saw her, loved her, and made her a trophy of His redeeming power.  Jesus offered her living water that truly satisfied.  He gave her life that was so much more abundant than anything could have imagined.  What grace!

She was changed that day, and she couldn't keep such grace to herself.  Because of her testimony, many came to know Jesus.  But what hit me as I read this passage was verse 42, when the people tell her that "It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world." 

She had become a trophy of His grace.  Not so that everyone could gaze at her, but so that they would look past her to the Savior.  They would see that He took a shame-filled sinner and gave her freedom and life, and they would look to Him to do the same for them.  They would be in awe of this Savior of the world.

I long for Jesus to make me a trophy of His grace.  I praise Him that He takes the vilest sinners and loves them, transforms them, and brings Himself glory through them. 

What a Savior! 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Why I Want to Teach

For one of my classes this semester, I'm supposed to write a mission statement to describe why I want to be a teacher and what I hope to accomplish as a teacher.  I wrote it today, and while it will probably still get a little editing and tweaking, I thought I'd share it with you all.

My Mission Statement:
My goal as a teacher is discipleship.  I long to reach and disciple kids for Christ and instill in them a desire to then disciple others as they get older.  I want to accomplish this goal both in and out of the classroom by doing the following:

1.      Developing relationships with my students so that I can invest in each of them in a personal way and so that I can meet each student where he or she is at.

2.      Teaching students how to apply what they’re learning to their lives, rather than simply learning for the sake of knowledge.

3.      Helping students develop hearts of compassion for those around them and around the world who are hurting, and giving them opportunities to use their gifts to serve others. 

4.      Pointing them to Christ, helping them understand the Gospel, and teaching them how to seek Him.  

If you're a teacher, do you have a mission statement?  I'd love to see it if you do.