Reading my niece's blog (Renewed In Him) this morning, made me think. Her post was about her husband (my nephew) having his first Open House as a teacher. He is a wonderful teacher, he has a real heart for kids, especially at that difficult junior high age. Her post reminded me of all the great teachers I had, and then that lead to all the not great teachers I had.
This was a great reminder to me about how much influence teachers have on their students, for good and bad.
As a home educator, I have even greater influence on my children because I am also their mother. However, I believe that we all "teach" in someway, whether we educate our kids at home or not. We teach by our lives, and not just our children but anyone we have contact with.
If I want my children to be kind, patient, loving, generous, and helpful then I need to model that for them. They pick up not on our words only but on our attitudes. I can say "I love the Lord" all the day long, but if my actions don't show that, then my children will not believe my words.
If I want my children to love to learn new things, I must model that by loving to learn. If I want my children to love to read, I must read. If I want my children to be in the Word daily, than I must be in the Word daily. Do I want my children to serve others? I must serve others cheerfully.
As a co-op leader and teacher, I also have the opportunity to influence others. What am I influencing them toward? Kindness, to seek God, to care about others? Or "it's all about me" ? Do I want the other mom's to be encouragers? I must encourage them, and give them the vision for what they are doing.
What a challenge we have placed before us! God is so good to be our guide and strength as we go through our days. May we have always before us the reminder from Philippians that Christ "made Himself of no reputation, and took on the form of a servant and humbled Himself...."
My task is to model humility and to point to Christ in everything. God help me.