The first teacher
THE FIRST TEACHER
On the 6th day, God created men and women.
On the 7th day, he rested. Not so much torecuperate, but rather to prepare himself for the work he was going to do on thenext day.
For it was on that day -- the th day - that God created theFIRST TEACHER.
This TEACHER, though taken from among men and women, hadseveral significant modifications.
In general, God made the TEACHER moredurable than other men and women.
The TEACHER was made to arise at avery early hour and to go to bed no earlier than 11:30 p.m. - with no rest inbetween.
The TEACHER had to be able to withstand being locked up in anair-tight classroom for six hours with thirty-five "monsters" on a rainy Monday.
And the TEACHER had to be fit to correct 103 term papers over Eastervacation.
Yes, God made the TEACHER tough...but gentle too.
TheTEACHER was equipped with soft hands to wipe away the tears of the neglected andlonely student...and those of the sixteen year old girl who was not asked to theprom.
And into the TEACHER God poured a generous amount of patience:
Patience when a student asks to repeat the directions the TEACHER hasjust repeated for someone else.
Patience when the kids forget theirlunch money for the fourth day in a row.
Patience when one-third of theclass fails the test.
Patience when the text books haven't arrived yet, and the semester starts tomorrow.
And God gave the TEACHER a heartslightly bigger than the average human heart.
For the TEACHER's hearthad to be big enough to love the kid who screams, "I hate this class -- it'sboring!"
And to love the kid who runs out of the classroom at the end ofthe period without so much as a "goodbye", let alone a "thank you".
Andlastly, God gave the TEACHER an abundant supply of HOPE.
For God knewthat the TEACHER would always be hoping.
Hoping that the kids wouldsomeday learn how to spell...
hoping not to have lunchroom duty...
hoping that Friday would come...
hoping for a free day....
hoping for deliverance.
When God finished creating the TEACHER, he stepped back and admired the work of his hands.
And God saw that the