They are the ones who cause all sorts of thoughts to run through my head. A group of learners, twenty-nine strong. Some quiet and reserved, others boisterous and loud. Some with lots of ideas to share. Others with few comments only shared with friends. They have been entrusted to my care. I want to do right by them. Desiring their best, many verbs are needed. There is a time to prod, to remind, to instruct, to coach, to correct, to train, to comfort, to encourage. I don’t get it right all the time. Sometimes I push too hard. Other times, I’m not enough. Striking the balance is a difficult and constant juggling act.
Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge uprightly among men? Psalm 58:1 (NIV)
Is this any way to run a country? Is there an honest politician in the house? Psalm 58:1 (MSG)
Regardless of the group, leading is difficult and complex. Sincerity matters. Integrity is essential. A deep humility is continually called on. Those qualities are far from being fully developed in me. I have not finished becoming the person my God has called me to be. His bright light is needed to shine into the dark places of my heart where I have yet to submit, yet to bow the knee. He’s not vindictive. Rather it is His love and mercy countered by His justice and righteousness that meet in a place where my character has no choice but to be shaped, developed, moulded and changed.
My heart’s desire is that my learners will grow this year. Academically yes. But most importantly for them to be shaped further in the image of the One who made them. That they would know Jesus more and love Him more deeply and fully! May my leading be constantly formed and informed by the truth that God is in charge of my classroom and we want to obediently follow His lead!