In everything

Anyone that knows me knows that I’m a teacher. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I used to force my little brother to play school with me. I used to create little worksheets, sit at my Dad’s office room with a mug of orange juice, with a red pen in hand ready to “grade” my brother’s assignments. I remember wanting to be just like some of my teachers and can never forget the teachers I never wanted to be like.

Specifically, one of my elementary school teachers I think of to this day is my fourth grade teacher. She was a teacher who poured out everything into her students. I remember falling in love with writing that year. I remember writing little stories on my own at home and bringing them to her just so I could show her how I had used the skills she taught us in her classroom. But more than writing, I will never forgot how she made me feel- loved.

In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul talks about love. Paul explains how we can be able to do all things- prophecy, teach, give, share wisdom, but if we do not have love- we gain nothing. “Love never fails.”  Everything else will pass. The things that we achieved, our talents and gifts, the positions and titles, it all fades. The only thing that remains is love. And that’s because God is love.

And as a teacher now, that’s what I want. I don’t care if my kids don’t remember I was the one that helped them learned how to read sight words or helped them learning what sounds certain digraphs make. I want them to remember how they felt when they were in my class- loved.

As I’ve been trying to navigate “virtual teaching,” it feels like it’s become even harder to love on my students. Currently most of us are cooped up in our homes because of COVID- 19. It’s easy to become self centered and only think about ourselves and our families. But God calls us to think and love bigger.

It’s easy to pray big prayers at this time. It’s natural for us to want a cure, to hope for complete healing for everyone. We should! But as we’re doing all those things, we’re also called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. During this time as we’re giving monetarily, checking on our neighbors, FaceTiming family and friends, sending food to the elderly, checking in on parents who are forced to homeschool- all of these are things that will pass. But the way people feel when this is all over will never pass- loved. 

“All that [we] do [should] be done in love.” From the way we carry ourselves at work, to how we raise kids, how we treat strangers at the store, to how we speak to others. We are called to live in such a way that each and every thing we do be done intentional- out of love. One of my favorite authors, Bob Goff, says in one of his books that “loving people means caring without an agenda.” 

That’s how we’re called to live- out of love. We’re called to love others. We’re called to do everything out of love. We’re called to love without an agenda. We’re called to live like Jesus. He displays the ultimate act of love by dying on the cross for us.

So in what ways can you love others and make sure others feel loved during these COVID-19 days?

More people are anxious and scared than we know. More people have lost jobs and homes than we know. More people have had to stay away from loved ones than we know.

More people need to know that there is a God that sees and cares for them. More people need to see that love reflected through the Church.

So what part will you play?

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