I got this lovely booklet from the participants who attended my Workshop on Bible Knowledge last Saturday. In this booklet, there are wonderful poems on how teachers ought to view their students and themselves. I love all of them but I’d like to share one in particular with you.
Humble Us, Lord
He knows the subject well, Lord.
His grades are very high.
But yet he is a challenge
and I’m sure that you know why.
He’s self-assured and confident
there’s nothing he would hide,
but Lord he lacks humility—
this fellow’s filled with pride!
He chuckles when the others fail,
he just has no compassion,
And I have had to fight myself
in almost the same fashion.
Because when he’s so unkind,
I want to strike back, too,
but the way to teach him gentleness
would be to act like you.
The only way to show this child
that kindness is the key,
is to let him see humility,
mirrored today in me.
This poem reminds me of what my teacher told me when I did my temporary teaching in my former school. She said students can bring out the worst in you and it’s so easy to react unkindly. But the call to be a teacher requires one to be patient when those occasions arise.