Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Jesus - our model teacher

I'm taking an Ed Psych class right now in graduate school. I hate Ed Psych. Sometimes you just have to endure things you hate to get to the thing that you want. I want my Ed Specialist degree so bring on the boring psych stuff.

Today I was researching and writing a paper on teachers as leaders. I thought about how Jesus truly modeled what a teacher is to be like. He kept the interest of his students, he taught real hands-on lessons, and he had the trust and love of his students. He modeled a life of self sacrifice and obedience. He taught with authority. The people who heard and watched Jesus realized that he was different from the other teachers. He knew what he was doing and did it with confidence. He spent long hours in prayer. Although he had authority, he did not lord things over people. Contrary to the norm, Jesus was a servant and his authority was validated to the people partly through the way in which he served them. He gave himself untiringly to people and met their needs without compromising the truth. He never abandoned them when they were going through hardships. Such a relationship as this should be our goal as leaders. To lead like this will bring respect and honor. As a leader, you must do what you are asking others to do. This will add integrity to your leadership. As a leader, you need to be personal and real with the people you lead. Don’t try to pretend you are someone else. Be who you are and trust God to help you to become who He wants you to be.

That's about it for today. If you have other ideas, please leave a comment.

1 comment:

hopefagen.blogspot.com said...

Your brief, concise article just met my need as I prepare for a retreat with Christian Educators.Teaching as you said is not an easy Job but Jesus was a wonderful model that if followed, the work becomes easy, helped by the Spirit of the living God. Hope to interact more with your blog.