Recently, I noticed this kid.
He used to be tangled up in this world. He probably didn’t care a whole lot about others or himself for that matter. He definitely wasn’t sold out on Jesus that anyone knew. He was an ok student. He wasn’t a trouble-maker. He was just him. He was a likable kid, but not an enormous stand-out of some sort.
Recently, I noticed a difference.
He smiles a ton more. He was a stand-out in a sport this year that he was involved in. I see his joy in our halls. His face is different. I don’t mean it’s transformed into someone else physically, but it is brighter, it’s happier, it’s warmer. God has truly blessed him.
People are scared of Jesus. They think that accepting his way will interfere with the way they want their lives to be. We want to be in control way too much. But if we could only really see what He does for people. Like this kid I noticed recently. I know Jesus is the reason for his transformation. Jesus can change our appearance. He can change our attitude toward people, toward our future and life in general. He makes us prettier–spiritually AND physically. He makes us love more. It’s like He creates so much love in us that we have to share it with others. Some of us believe we already have enough. We do enough. We are happy enough. We have enough. But there is more. With Jesus, we can experience more of all that is good.
Recently, I noticed this kid… He has MORE!
It’s Martin Luther King, Jr Day. We were blessed to have the day off. This day is one where we should think about how we can serve others. MLK’s life was all about that and in order to honor his memory, I encouraged all my students to do something on their day off that served someone else.
I thought all day about what I could do.
I decided on HAPPY NOTES. I love sending notes and why not use that love to serve others.
I wrote each of my coworkers a hand written happy note that I hope helps start their second semester off right. I congratulated them on having an awesome first semester and am looking forward to having a great second half of the school year with them!!! I also attached a little chocolate to help with the smiley happy wish.
What did you do on this MLK, Jr Day of Service? I can’t wait to hear about all the things my students did!
I’ve had encounters with two former students this week that have made my heart swell with pride. They are both on an awesome path where they are constantly doing amazing things. I’m so blessed to know so many former students like this. Out of all the things that give me joy in teaching, seeing students succeed is my most favorite.
It’s like watching a work of art develop into this beautiful image or sculpture. I’m not saying I created it. We all know who created it, but I’d like to think I put a brush stroke or mold here or there to help push the creation in the right direction.
Students, of course, make their own decisions no matter what you teach them. When they make those RIGHT decisions and set goals while keeping their eye on THE ONE who truly is in control, I almost become giddy!
Also, when they come back and give me even a tiny amount of credit in helping to *raise them right*, my heart is so full.
I’m SO PROUD.