The Teacher and the Textbook


[All Scripture is breathed out by God]

To excel in any subject, whether it’s your strong suit or not, who you receive for a teacher, and the text you’re reading from can make or break the education. We’ve all had teachers who were either exceptionally skilled in their field, encouraging and motivating you to greater achievement, or teachers who failed miserably; rather than encouraging, teachers like this put more emphasis on your faults, and in some cases seemed to even revel in your failures. (Sad, but true).

The classes I did best in, were always those in which the teacher took more time patiently explaining things and strove to see their students achieve top marks. In eighth grade I had such a teacher. Math was always a problematic subject for me through my elementary school years, and though I was placed in learning assistance, it never seemed to do me any good. My parents became quite accustomed to seeing either a C- or even more frequently a D on my report card for this very subject, but in grade eight I entered Mrs. Sadlers class room, and something changed.  Mrs. Sadler would become one of my favorite teachers. First term in her class I saw my first C+ ever in mathematics, and the following terms I was over joyed to achieve a B and a B+ in a course that I felt just wasn’t my thing.  Improvement in this subject had always felt hopeless and beyond my ability.  Mrs. Sadler, however, was able to bring out the best in me.

Mr Leonard–my grade eleven and twelve Art teacher–was another one of those outstanding teachers.  Art was one of my favorite, and better subjects because I’ve always been creatively inclined, so achieving top marks in Art was something that just came naturally to me. In grade eleven, however, I was having some issues with one of my other courses and needed to switch some of my classes around, but this was causing a scheduling difficulty and it looked as if I would have to drop one of my Art classes to do this. When I tried to do so, however, Mr Leonard was adamant that I should find another way around it to continue my studies in both of his courses. He evidently saw that I was creatively wired, saying to me that he was sure I would use it one day. (Perhaps, even for such a time as this?) I can’t remember exactly how it all got sorted, but I continued my studies in both courses. Upon graduation Mr. Leonard further instilled a sense of confidence in me by presenting me with a certificate for excelling in Art. Mr Leonard was a teacher who saw the best in me, and encouraged that.

I see both of these qualities in my teacher of life, and of heavenly things—my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Not only is the potential seen in me, but He also brings out the best in me. Our text is The Bible, and it teaches us all that we need to know to achieve top marks through life, as well as who God is, and what He wants to achieve in us. God Himself excels as a teacher, seeing and bringing out the best in them that He tutors.

‎”All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16)

“Everyone who does not remain true to the teaching of the Messiah, (Jesus) but goes beyond it, does not have God. The person who remains true to the teaching of the Messiah has both the Father and the Son.” (2 John 1:9)



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