2013年5月6日 教職員礼拝 シスネロス・ジェフ

2013年5月6日

TENDER HEARTS

 

英文でお楽しみください。

 

2 Timothy 3:16-4:2

 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 

1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching

 

Paul includes teaching in this passage as one of the “good works”. Yet, what is the purpose of teaching? To make the man of God complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

Important as all the subjects taught in school are, there are many, many people who have been thoroughly instructed in them, but are left without a sense of purpose in life, without a foundation of wholesome values. This is where the “preach the word!” portion becomes so important.

 

We are all educators of the next generation of children, some a little bit, and others have more training and experience in this vital skill and have a larger part to play. But one of most profound lessons we learn as children is how the adults treat the children. Are they strict yet kind? Easy-going yet indifferent? Surface friendly but never noticing when something is wrong? Seeming to be very busy yet always making time to listen, no matter how small the concern?

 

Fourth grade. We heard from our older brothers and sisters that Mrs. Blackburn, who taught 5th and 6th grade, was a strict teacher. Some of us were a little nervous, considering that we were already under punishment often enough under our current teacher. And sure enough, she was strict. Yet, she also cared, we could sense that she was strict yet fair, and her punishments were proportional to the misdeed.

 

An incident mid-year stands out in my memory. The most trouble-making boy in the class, who frequently pestered the other children (and was often in trouble), had a mean practical joke played on him. A thumbtack was placed so that he sat on it, and when he did, several of the children laughed. Although he acted tough, his tough surface act crumbled this time, and he ran to the teacher crying and she held him in a protective hug.

 

She showed me, us, that although it seemed like she frequently punished the boy, he knew that she cared, that her punishments were fair. When trouble hit, he knew without hesitation who to turn to for a caring hug, for sympathy.

 

That kindness made all the difference. Despite having a strict reputation, she was a loved teacher and all we children trusted her. Children quickly learn from watching how we treat others, they aren’t just paying attention when the teacher is talking to them. Impatience, over-reaction, unkindness, these are so easy for each of us to do at an unguarded moment.

 

I’ve found that only by prayer to God am I able to really ensure that I don’t lash out or show the slightest impatience even when interrupted in something I thought was important. Far too often I forget to pray for patience, understanding, and love. All it takes is one time, that 1/10 of a second flash of irritation at being interrupted, and we’ve made another impression on a young heart. Let’s all remember that we are engaged in training young hearts as well as minds, and that no matter how skilled, trained, educated, and smart we are, our enemy is better at finding our weaknesses and making sure they get displayed. He is always watching, always ready, to find the opportunity to get us to wound a tender heart.

 

We must be frequently reaching out to God for His aide in giving us that love and care, for each time we wound a tender heart, they may heal, but it leaves a small scar. Someday, that little heart will grow into a big heart that is covered with scar tissue.

 

No one was ever punished for that practical joke. Our teacher never even tried to find out who did it. Instead, after taking the young boy to the office, she came back to our classroom and told us that she expected better of each of us, making eye contact with every one of us in the room. Her words, the way she expressed herself, made a lasting impression on me. I looked at her, at the boy, and my classmates with a different, better view.

 

That is the impact the kind heart of a teacher can make on a young heart.